Google’s homepage logo has been replaced with a series of timelapse animations depicting the terrible realities of climate change in observance of Earth Day.
Google occasionally switches off the homepage logo with a different one that is typically designed to be joyful or fun. These variant logos, known as Google Doodles, typically always include some element of the standard design, such as the four-color scheme or the word Google.
With an animated Doodle that ignores delight and branding for this Earth Day, Google is going in a different route. People from all over the world can view one of four timelapse animations that depict the progressive impact of climate change on a region of the world over the period of months or years on the Google Search homepage as well as Chrome’s new tab page. Google will switch to a different animation every few hours.
Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, is featured in the first animation about climate change that appears on the homepage. You may observe a steady and noticeable decrease in the size of the mountain glacier from December 1986 to December 2020. Later in the morning, the focus will shift to a case of glacier retreat that will take place in Sermersooq, Greenland, between 2000 and 2020.
Mt. Kilimanjaro, left; Greenland, right Afternoon viewers will see an animation showing coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island over the course of a year and a half. In response to variations in the water’s climate, such as its temperature, light intensity, and nutrient content, coral goes through a process of expelling its algae and, as a result, its color.
The last animation depicts the German Harz Forests’ ongoing devastation from 1995. Climate change in the region, according to DW , has caused droughts that have left many of the trees vulnerable to pests.
Great Barrier Reef, left; Harz Forests, right With the exception of the coral reef photos, which are provided by The Ocean Agency , the most of these timelapses are powered by imagery from Google Earth. Each of these animations serves as an effective illustration of the damage that climate change has caused to our planet, therefore displaying them in front of millions of users via Chrome on the Google homepage makes a powerful statement. If you want to view more extensive timelapses of comparable events, try Google Earth offers satellite imagery from 1984.
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