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Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch

Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it

Deforestation has long been cited as a problem, but a lack of accessible data meant that the general public had to take someone's word for the figures. As a result, its threat always seemed more abstract and nebulous than, say, climate change or rising sea levels.

 

Until now: Google has unveiled its Global Forest Watch, an online tool that monitors deforestation around the world in near-real time.


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Antonio Lopez's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:05 AM

One role of media should be to act like those speed monitors we see that tell us how fast we are going. Hopefully a program like Google's Global Forest Watch can help us monitor deforestation in real time.

thinking peasant's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:51 AM

maybe they have not gone over to the dark side for good?

Daniel LaLiberte's comment, March 10, 2014 11:59 AM
Another writeup at: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26287137
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Dangerous Global Warming Closer Than You Think, Climate Scientists Say

Dangerous Global Warming Closer Than You Think, Climate Scientists Say | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it
Two new reports lay out the case for fast action and increased awareness

 

Abrupt climate change is not only imminent, it's already here. The rapid dwindling of summer Arctic sea ice has outpaced all scientific projections, which will have impacts on everything from atmospheric circulation to global shipping. And plants, animals and other species are already struggling to keep up with rapid climate shifts, increasing therisk of mass extinction that would rival the end of the dinosaurs. So warns a new reportfrom the U.S. National Research Council.


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jardinelviejito's curator insight, December 6, 2013 7:06 AM

Es alarmante. Pero hay tantos intereses de por medio que no tenemos mucha fe en que se tomen medidas que realmente ayuden a minimizar la tasa de contaminación y la búsqueda de fuentes limpias de energía. 

¿Tendremos tiempo de rectificar después?