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Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth

May 10, 2019 / Yessenia Funes

Satellites are our eyes in the sky or, er, in space. Now, a coalition of groups is turning to satellites and AI technology to help monitor emissions from all the world’s power plants. This week, Google announced it had awarded $1.7 million to the team, which include WattTime, a nonprofit that develops tech to help decrease dirty energy use; Carbon Tracker, a think tank that focuses on the financial part of transitioning away from fossil fuels; and the World Resources Institute (WRI), which focuses on how the world can live sustainably. They all want to learn more about the greenhouse gases and other pollutants that pour out of the world’s power plants with the aim of holding companies and polluters accountable. They’ll be relying on satellites currently up in space to gather data for this endeavor.