Sep 7, 2018

News you can use: Google launches energy and water usage tool

Screenshot: Google's Your Plan, Your Planet

In a new interactive online tool launched today by Google, you can find out how much energy and water you’re using (and wasting) when doing the things we all do: wash our clothes, take showers, throw out spoiled foods and more.

Why it matters: This tool helps to make two of the most basic and yet also opaque necessities of life — energy and water — a little more tangible. People living in developed countries expect to have these at all times, yet many of us are far less aware of how much we’re using and the repercussions.

The details: Google created the tool, called Your Plan, Your Planet, with the help of the California Academy of Sciences.

The tool is broken down into three sections: energy, water and food usage. For example:

  • A 10-minute shower uses more than 9,000 gallons of water annually. That would fill 31 hot tubs.
  • Keeping lights on in a three-bedroom house for six hours a day uses 2,365 kilowatt hours of energy annually, which produces the same carbon dioxide emissions as driving a car for two and a half days.
  • Flour and nuts are best stored in the fridge to last longer. Beef is best eaten within 12 months once frozen, but it’s apparently “remains safe to eat indefinitely,” per the tool.
  • The tool gives you tips and encourages you set pledges to be more efficient with the water and energy you use, and the food you eat.

Go deeper: Try it yourself.

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Acting Navy head apologizes for calling fired captain "stupid"

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized Monday for calling Capt. Brett Crozier, the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, "too naïve or too stupid" over his letter pleading for help following a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

The big picture: His apology came after President Trump told a news briefing earlier Monday he would "get involved" following a leak of Modly's remarks to the ship's crew on Crozier, who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus, which were obtained by CNN.

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Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's sexual abuse convictions overturned

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, has won his appeal and had his child sexual abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court.

Why it matters: The cardinal became last year the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to go to trial and be convicted for sex abuse. But the High Court's ruling means he can be immediately released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

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