Google Earth adds endangered species info
October 25, 2007
Google Earth users can now learn about 100 of the world’s most endangered species through a new KML developed by the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence program.
This placemark marks the area near the city of Tongling in China where a possible surviving Baiji was filmed in August 2007.
The KML enables users to locate the top 100 EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species on the Google Earth maps, with more details about the locations including a distribution overlay map for each species.
The Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence program aims to conserve some of the world’s most threatened species by implementing the research and conservation actions needed to secure their future.
Amazon natives use Google Earth, GPS to protect rainforest home. Deep in the most remote jungles of South America, Amazon Indians (Amerindians) are using Google Earth, Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, and other technologies to protect their fast-dwindling home. Tribes in Suriname, Brazil, and Colombia are combining their traditional knowledge of the rainforest with Western technology to conserve forests and maintain ties to their history and cultural traditions, which include profound knowledge of the forest ecosystem and medicinal plants. Helping them is the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), a nonprofit organization working with indigenous people to conserve biodiversity, health, and culture in South American rainforests.