Google brings heat alerts to search
Google announced on Wednesday that it would launch new search alerts for extremely hot temperatures. The feature will be rolling out over the next few months and will provide information on heat waves and suggestions for staying safe. Higher temperatures are expected with the spring and summer months ahead, and intense heat conditions can contribute to heatstroke, death, and wildfires.
Citing a spike in heat wave searches last summer, Google said that when people search for information on extremely hot temperatures, they find any applicable warnings and details about “when a heat wave is expected to start and end.” finish, tips for staying cool, and related health issues to be aware of.” The tech giant partners with the Global Heat Health Information Network to ensure information is up-to-date and reliable.
The move is part of Google’s efforts to help during critical weather events or disaster conditions in an area. Its crisis response initiative includes tools for tracking wildfires, as well as flood, earthquake and hurricane warnings. In addition to weather alerts and forecasts, users can receive instructions on how to protect themselves and where to find local resources.
Google also said it has expanded the use of its AI-powered Tree Canopy tool to around 350 cities around the world. The tool uses aerial images to help cities determine where trees are in a given region. Communities can assess where to plant additional trees for more shade and to help mitigate the effects of climate change.