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Google Earth Launches Endangered Species Widget

The folks at Google have done it again: This time, they’ve teamed with British naturalist Sir David Attenborough to showcase endangered species on Google Earth. The Google Earth Outreach program will enable users to scroll over icons that then reveal embedded layers; inside these embedded layers lie photos, video, and written and audio information about the endangered species that live near the particular waypoint. Users will also be provided with links to NGOs and other charitable organizations if they’d like to help.

The Google Earth Outreach endangered species program is powered by The ARKive Project, a collection of thousands of films and photographs of endangered species, and sponsored by the biodiversity charity Wildscreen.

The Google/Wildscreen team-up comes hot on the heels of an announced partnership between Google and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to show close-up views of some of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, like refugee camps in Darfur. In addition to endangered species conservation, Google Earth users will soon be able to scroll over the world an learn about a host of humanitarian crises, including sanitation, water shortages, and worldwide refugee population.

To preview the ARKive’s stunning images and video outside of Google Earth, go here. — Ted Alvarez

Google Earth To Highlight Endangered Species (Telegraph)