New Environment and Conservation Forum for Google Earth Community

New GEC forumGoogle recently added a new “Environment and Conservation” forum to the Google Earth Community. Over the weekend, the moderators have apparently made an effort and transferred dozens of relevant threads from other forums into this forum. There are many interesting relevant posts now, including some written about here at the Google Earth Blog (see “Related” below). Also, Google says in the announcement post, that:

If you have ideas about data layers and/or imagery that would be useful for Google to publish in order to aid conservation efforts, this is the place to speak up.

Speaking of environmental issues – read this article from NetNewsAsia which shows a satellite view from Google Earth of Laguna de Bay in the Phillipines which is apparently a lake subject to many forms of pollution.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Joeynach says:

    Unrelated but the entire Chicagoland region aerials have been updated to early 2005 photos. The surrounding 6 counties in Illinois photos are used in various engineering industries such as mine from this site There are a lot of details about the photos on that site, Illinois Natural Resources. We used them daily for engineering purposes and now google has finally update their chicago photos with these new aerials. Enjoy

  2. Michael E. Douroux says:

    Subject: Financial Conservation – A Green Solution
    John Muir’s long walks through the Sierra Nevada mountain range was an individual, seminal event that began a grassroots groundswell that evolved into the American conservation movement.
    Similarly, the long term solution to the current financial crisis that has enveloped the world will not come from the top down, but rather must begin with a change in perspective at the individual level.
    Fortunately, the individual has a big head start. The basic principles and benefits of conserving our natural resources for current and future generations have, for the most part, entered the collective consciousness. Financial Conservation is a slight broadening in the application of these very same insights to our individual financial resources. Bringing awareness to “Core Asset Preservation”, I believe, is the way forward.
    Additionally, many of the frontline casualties in the massive triage and cost-cutting we see the government and business world applying to this situation are the conservation and humanitarian organizations whose survival depends on financial responsibility. The perspective of Financial Conservation will help to ensure the ongoing funding sources for these vitally important human endeavors.
    Best regards,
    Michael E. Douroux
    Hollywood, Florida

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