“In conjunction with the Copenhagen climate meeting, the search giant has demonstrated software tools that use its archive of satellite imagery to track deforestation, hoping they’ll help nations prevent the liberation of the carbon sequestered in its forests.”
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Source: Ars Technica
As hard as it might be to believe, Google Earth can be used for more than just spotting flying cars, inter-dimensional portals, Chinese nuclear subs, giantwinkies or the lowest forms of human life. It seems that Google attended the Copenhagen climate meeting and have demonstrated how Google Earth can be used to track deforestation. Of course, the tool is still in beta, but Ars Technica describes it’s usage here.