Friday, December 24, 2010

Reviewing 200 years

Commenting on a BBC 4 minutes video presentation by Hans Rosling, Aaron Saenz writes:
"Rosling’s review of the past 200 years leaves me rather optimistic about the years ahead. As he has outlined elsewhere, there are serious problems facing us in regards to exponential population growth and global health. Yet there are also solutions to humanity’s grand challenges of poverty, health, energy, etc."
A short but impressive and thought-provoking presentation - well worth watching.

Direct link to video here.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The new Google Earth Engine

Google now has an important new online service for those working in the environmental field.

"Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data—current and historical—online for the first time. It enables global-scale monitoring and measurement of changes in the earth’s environment."

"For the least developed nations, Google Earth Engine will provide critical access to terabytes of data, a growing set of analytical tools and our high-performance processing capabilities. We believe Google Earth Engine will bring transparency and more certainty to global efforts to stop deforestation."

It does have data for Guyana for those who know how to interpret this.