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Google gets a tad green with its latest app

Search Engine giant Google has released an online carbon calculator (opens in new tab) to help people collate data on their CO2 emissions.

According to CRN, the calculator (opens in new tab) was built in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and the RSA, which is a security rather than an environment company.

The project (opens in new tab) lets individuals choose carbon-reducing steps and compare how they fare with regards to other UK participants through Google's UK Carbon Footprint Map.

Other features in this project, which appears in the form of a tab on your Google Home include a dedicated carbon footprint news feed, user generated videos from Sky, a RSS feed for Carbon Footprint, a statistics page as well as a UK Carbon Footprint Discussion group.

Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist at Google, says: "We want to help people find the information they are looking for as quickly as possible and that's why we have launched this project. People in the UK can find out their carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce it."

It is not known whether Google plans to expand this initiative to other projects like Poverty reduction or fighting HIV.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.