The Global Lead News SEPT | OCT 2016 - Page 19

New software and high-resolution satellite images powered by Google will help monitor the environment, resource and land use, and forest cover.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will use new Google-powered software and high-resolution satellite images to monitor the environment, resource and land use, and forest cover.

The software makes quick work of measurements that used to take years to create, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

“We make maps that used to take three years in a week,” Erik Lindquist, forestry officer at FAO explained.

This past July, negotiators quietly shaped a draft deal to ban hydrofluorocarbons in what could be the "most significant action this year to reduce global warming.

This past July, a sequel to the Paris climate agreement has taken shape in Vienna, Coral Davenport reports for The New York Times.

Despite little fanfare, Davenport reports, many environmentalists are calling this the “most significant action this year to reduce global warming.”

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