Google's new Timelapse feature shows the impact of climate change over decades

   "We can objectively see global warming with the naked eye," said the director of Google Earth. On Thursday, Google revealed a new feature for the Google Earth service that allows people to view 3D models of the planet using satellite imagery. Users will now be able to see how landscapes and geography around the world have changed over the decades.

   The new feature, called Timelapse, is the biggest change to the product in five years, Google said. With this tool, one can see the effects of both natural and man-made phenomena, like the sand of Cape Cod slowly shifting south, or the expansion of Las Vegas in the Nevada desert.Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth, said one of the project's goals was to provide people with the tools to study the impacts of climate change, like wildfires in the American West or deforestation. . at Amazon.
   "We can objectively see global warming with our own eyes," Moore said during a press conference with reporters, adding that she hopes it will "inspire. act."For this feature, Google has worked with a number of government agencies and groups, including NASA, the US Geological Survey, and the European Union's Copernicus program. The Timelapse tool is synthesized from 24 million satellite images between 1984 and 2020. The company has used thousands of cloud machines to compile 20 petabytes - or 20 million gigabytes - of images.This happens when Google tries to push its mapping services beyond just getting people from one point to another. In the last few years, the company has rolled out social features to Google Maps, including restaurant recommendations, as well as tools to connect people with local businesses like plumber. . or a yoga instructor. In 2019, the technology giant says Google Earth has a total of 36 million square miles of satellite imagery for everyone to browse. With that collection, Google mapped the regions of the world where 98% of the people live.
   Moore said satellite imagery was provided by space agencies and showed only changes at the landscape level. So people won't be able to zoom in and see individual homes and cars like they do with Google Maps.
   But even as Google aims to pay attention to global warming with its Timelapse feature, the company has been criticized for helping spread climate change denials. Last year, the Avaaz campaign nonprofit released a report accusing YouTube, a company owned by Google, of "actively promoting" videos containing false information about climate change. .