Google's tool in the US for cities to measure pollution and emission levels is now available in Europe.
It's a tool that combines transport and builds data from Google Maps with publicly available emission information. The tool will initially be available in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Copenhagen, and other cities, and expansion is planned across Europe and other continents.
Every city can apply online.
The Environmental Insight Explorer (EIE) tool provides data in four categories, namely construction emissions, transport emissions, general emissions, and solar potential. The purpose of the tool is to help cities see the changes needed to reduce emissions. Solutions may include cycling trails or installing solar panels on buildings.
In another project called Air View, cars used for Google Street View measured air pollution as they traveled through cities including London and Copenhagen. This data is also shared through the EIE tool.