Google Earth Outreach was launched in April, endorsed by Sir David Attenborough it allows charities to use the Google Earth software to spread information about their causes. TreeHugger posted about a great new Google Earth KML file Disappearing Forests of the World by David Tryse:

This KML shows deforestation data from a number of sources for different countries, including a live ticker for each country.

The world has lost close to half of its forests already today, and the continued high pace of deforestation contributes greatly to climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

There are some other really interesting Maps, including Black Tides: The Worst Oil Spills in History, EDGE of Existance: Mammals and Amphibians, Survival International: Tribes and more. Lets hope these visualisations help raise awareness and make some sort of a difference.

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.