Google hopes this can help people see "what's actually happening on the planet and inspire action."
We’ve always used Google Earth to take virtual trips across the world since it was first launched in 2011. Now they have launched an interesting new feature that allows users to see the changes in the planet for the past 40 years.
As anyone can imagine, this tool shows us how the world’s geography has been affected by climate change as time passes.
Google Earth Outreach and Google Earth Engine director and founder Rebecca Moore said about the new feature:
“The time-lapse distills that enormous archive of satellite data into an easily understandable picture of our changing planet. It makes the abstract concrete, and we hope that this can ground everyone in an objective, common understanding of what’s actually happening on the planet and inspire action.”
As Yale Program on Climate Change Communication evnironmental science researcher Jennifer Marlon said:
“There are a substantial number of people who still believe that human activity cannot alter the planet as a whole.
“Those are probably not the people who are going to be surfing around Google Earth. But maybe one of their kids will encounter it in school and bring it home and say, ‘Hey, check this out.’”
Moore likewise pointed out that Google plans to add more images to Timelapse in the upcoming decades.
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