Google's services are getting stronger and more powerful with every passing week. Today's announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen could be a real game-changer, especially in South America and Australia, where deforestation is rife.
Areas suffering from deforestation (including illegal logging) can be analyzed and detected instantly, with Google's ultra-fast satellite imagery-processors turning out reports that could be handed over to the government or anti-forestation groups. Normally it'd take several days for that sort of report to be processed, but as Google's invested so much in Google Earth, and it's high-speed servers, they're the perfect company to help tackle the growing problem. [Fast Company]