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Save the Rainforests

Google introduced a tool at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference that uses its Earth and Map technologies to monitor deforestation with the goal of preserving the earth’s carbon sinks.

“Google.org, the non-profit division of the search engine giant Google, wants to help scientists monitor deforestation by harnessing the power of its popular Google Earth and Maps applications. Its new ‘high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine’ can process terabytes of information on thousands of Google servers while giving access to the results online. The platform, which was demonstrated on Thursday at the International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, would allow anyone using the tool to monitor whether or not trees were being chopped down in a given forest. It analyzes satellite images to show forest changes over a given time period.”


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