With the start of this year’s Paris Global Climate Conference as of this Monday, Google Street View allows users to see the effects of climate change across the globe. By doing this, the company hopes to bring more information to people who are still unaware of the threats which this global phenomenon brings in toll.
The Google Street View app has up to this day been used primarily as a tool to allow people to see panoramic views of countless urban and suburban residential areas, as well as large stretches of road that sometimes lead to the middle of nowhere. By lending their gear which provides 360-degree camera shots and pinpoint location tracking and analysis to several wildlife preservation organizations, such as the Polar Bears International, the cameras were able to photograph the status of wildlife in the Antarctic all they way into the deep Amazonian rain forests.
The general public is now capable of seeing exactly how the climate changes affect the wildlife population in the cold regions, with the slow melting of polar ice caps, leaving polar bears stranded or without the means of procuring food.
This technology has also been used in the Amazon, in order to locate several isolated pockets of civilization which reside in the dense jungles and rain forests of the region. By doing this, the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation was able to further educate the masses about the importance of rainforest and their ecosystems in a more approachable way. If people are able to see exactly how climate change affects the environment, they are more likely to take steps towards combating this event.
The Google Earth side of the company has already been working hand in hand with the Environmental Defense Fund in order to locate methane leaks and CO2 emissions along large spans of gas pipelines throughout the US.
By further involving both the Google Street View, as well as Google Earth into climate change, both the public masses as well as large companies, will be able to see in a more personal way greenhouse gas emission effects around the world. A lengthened extension of this program through added cars and satellites capable of relaying these images, more and more of the planet will be uncovered for everyone to see from their comfort of their homes.
With the news that Google Street View allows users to see the effects of climate change much more easily than ever before, a massive change in population beliefs and knowledge on the subject of global warming and climate change might be just around the corner. Only time will tell.