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On December 2nd, Google unveiled its latest project called Earth Engine. Earth Engine allows its users to view current satellite images of the earth as well as the database of satellite photos dating back 25 years and use Google's "cloud", a massive computing infrastructure, to analyze the data. Earth Engine is particularly useful for monitoring rain forests and other at risk environments, which can be incredibly difficult to survey from the ground. Earth Engine is expected to be an important tool for the UN's REDD Program (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) in which rich countries help fund forest preservation in poor countries.
To learn more about Earth Engine, click here.