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New technology maps out air pollution in California: See it

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 15:34 - Google has partnered with environmental technology firm Aclima to map out areas of high air pollution throughout California using its Google Earth platform.

The companies measured air quality to gather hyperlocal data from problematic hot spots in the San Fransisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Central Valley by covering over 100,000 miles during 4,000 hours of driving using Google Street View cars. The cars drove from Monday through Friday during typical work hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., measuring the pollutants nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, black carbon, particulate matter, and methane. 

Watch below: Aclima and Google Driving through San Francisco

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In a blog post, Aclima said the measurements along them to see how “traffic-choked freeways, traffic on local streets, and weather patterns that blow pollution inland all influence the patterns of air pollution.”

Watch below: Aclima and Google Driving through Central Valley

The company hopes the research will contribute to future urban planning and create more sustainable cities by reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality. 

Credit: YouTube/Aclima via Storyful

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