Google ‘airbrushes’ out emissions from flying – BBC News

The way Google calculates the climate impact of your flights has changed, the BBC has discovered.

Flights now appear to have much less impact on the environment than before.

That’s because the world’s biggest search engine has taken a key driver of global warming out of its online carbon flight calculator.

With Google hosting nine out of every 10 online searches, this could have wide repercussions for people’s travel decisions.

The company said it made the change following consultations with its “industry partners” and that other factors linked to flying that can contribute to climate change are variable and harder to quantify.

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