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Google Maps tracks international warming with the brand new Fireplace Layer and Treetop Device

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  • Activate the new “Wildfire” layer.

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  • A pop-up card gives people more information.

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Google Maps is getting some new features to help people better understand our burning planet. The first is a new “fire” layer in the main map view that allows you to see the exact boundaries of wildfire as easily as you can look up current traffic patterns. Google has already created information about fires as part of the Crisis Response website, but as climate change makes fire season an annual event in arid areas like Australia and the western US, wildfires are now becoming a top-level event. Maps function.

According to Google, the new fire level will bring “all information about wildfires from Google” together in one simple user interface. In the US, it will also be collecting data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), and the company says it plans to expand fire details with other government agencies, starting with Australia in “the coming months.” Forest fire boundaries should be updated every hour, and Google says you will be able to tap on a fire to view information from local governments, such as “emergency websites, phone numbers for help and information, and evacuation details.” can also see important details about the fire, such as: B. its containment of how many acres were burned and when all this information was last reported. “

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The Fire layout will be rolled out to Android this week, with iOS and desktop coming in October.

  • Treetop tool showing coverage in LA that has yet to be worked on.

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  • Austin is better in some areas.

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  • Chicago.

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  • Miami.

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  • Louisville.

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Google also announced that it will expand the Tree Canopy tool launched in 2020. This Google Maps tool combines Google’s plethora of aerial imagery with Computer Vision AI to create a map showing tree cover in cities. The expansion announced today will increase the canopy images from 15 cities to 100 cities worldwide.

Google wants city planners to use the Tree Canopy tool to combat the urban heat island phenomenon, where miles of asphalt and a lack of shade from trees can make cities significantly hotter than their surroundings. Google says heat islands “disproportionately affect low-income communities and contribute to a range of public health problems – from poor air quality to dehydration. Tree Canopy data gives local governments free access to insight into where trees can be planted to increase shade, reduce heat, and mitigate these negative effects. “

Google launched the Tree Canopy tool in Los Angeles, and the company says the data “has become a critical part of the city’s long-term goal of increasing tree shade by at least 50% by 2028”. The tool is also used by officials in Louisville, Austin, Chicago, and Miami.

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