Google Earth and UNEP

Google and the United National Environmental Program have teamed up - and are using Google Earth to show areas of extreme environmental degradation worldwide.

The UNEP overlay for Google Earth includes successive time-stamped images illustrating 100 areas of extreme environmental degradation around the world. From the deforestation of the Amazon to the fallout of raging forest fires in Sub-Sahara Africa and the decline of the Aral Sea in Central Asia, this before-and-after imagery spanning the past 30 years offers users an online resource for learning about the environmental crisis zones around the world.

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(After Installation, look in the "Featured Content" menu tree under "Layers" and select "UNEP")

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