03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google Deforestation Map Helps Battle Shrinking Forests

One of the most effective ways to battle global warming would be to curb deforestation around the world. Google is helping today on the monitoring front by combining satellite imagery from Google Earth with heavy computational analysis in the cloud. Studying satellite imagery can identify where deforestation is occurring, but serious analysis requires a lot of computational power to compare images over time and locate illegal deforestation activity before it is too late to do anything about it.