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Google Cloud is partnering with five sustainability-focused companies to offer public and private sector customers new ways of anticipating and reducing their climate risk exposure, among other applications, the company announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: With more climate and sustainability-related data being generated than ever, a premium is being placed on finding ways to gain insights from the firehose of information.

  • Because of the immense volumes of data generated and Google's existing customers, the new partnerships could one day touch multiple facets of your daily life from bank lending practices that incorporate climate risk to Google Maps capabilities.

The details: The partners include CARTO, which will enhance data visualization tools from the Google Earth Engine, the company said.

  • A well-known partner signing onto this initiative is Planet, the Earth-imaging company, which will put its daily imaging onto the Google Cloud. The company generates about 25 terabytes of data per day, said Planet's Kevin Weil.
  • Also on the list is Climate Engine, which helps customers identify and reduce their top climate risks.

According to Kevin Ichhpurani, corporate vice president of Google Cloud, Climate Engine will pipe multiple datasets including on water use, agriculture and wildfire spread, to the Google Cloud. Other Cloud customers can then tap into this data.

  • Google Cloud is also partnering with Geotab, which helps manage vehicle fleets, and NGIS, which is bringing its satellite imagery and mapping platform that can illuminate company supply chains.

Go deeper: Carbon emissions spiking despite clean energy surge

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The most startling facts in 2021 climate report

An unsettling part of the human condition today is that the year you were born will most likely be the coolest year of your life, globally speaking.

By the numbers: Newly released climate data from NOAA, NASA and Berkeley Earth show that the planet has had an unbroken streak of 45 years of warmer than average temperatures.

Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Biden speaking from Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 21. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday, citing the outcome of last week's Supreme Court ruling that nullified the administration's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

Why it matters: It's a blow to President Biden's efforts to increase the U.S.' vaccination rates, though much of the federal workforce has already been vaccinated against the virus.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
  5. Variant tracker