Brits are becoming more climate-aware, Google says, as it releases new time-lapse images for Earth Day | Climate News
People in the UK are constantly looking for ways to easily tread the planet, according to new data from technology giant Google.
Figures from its Search and Maps app show that searches for vintage or recycled clothing and information on electric cars have increased significantly in the past year.
Google has also updated the Google Doodle – which appears on its search engine homepage – with time -lapse images from Google Earth, showing a glacier retreat on Mount Kilimanjaro, coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and deforestation in Germany.
Since March 2021, the number of people searching for “used clothing store” on Google Maps has more than fivefold, which Google calls a sign that people are trying to live more stable.
Google Maps searches for waste management services rose 86%, and searches for donation centers have more than doubled, according to data released to mark Earth Day.
“These trends show how vigorous the UK is in making sustainable choices,” said Matt Brittin, Google’s president for EMEA, in response to the new data.
Questions related to electric vehicles are also at the top, with searches for electric vehicle charging stations more than doubling since March last year.
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The tech company said it knows people are “not always sure where to start” when it comes to reducing demand for climate -polluting products.
In response, it adjusts some of its tools to a bid to help, such as showing carbon emissions on Google Flights or showing the most fuel -efficient routes on Google Maps.
Using the internet requires huge energy to enable its functions, from searching online to storing emails on servers.
Google says it is carbon neutral, meaning it reduces all of its emissions and aims to decarbonize its energy consumption by 2030.