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Using Google Earth to Police the Amazon

Almir Surui, the chief of an indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest, has-you guessed it-teamed up with Google. He's using Google Earth to document and map illegal deforestation in real time, making it a lot harder for the government to ignore.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQGk9gXbWtERecently, it seems like the "environmental movement," or whatever you want to call it, has focused more on carbon and clean energy technology than good old Save-the-whales-style conservation. But we should still save the rainforest. Slate has a nice summary of how that's been going recently (better these days). Thanks to Almir and Google for helping.Via PSFK.

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