Plugging the data gap: Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

Satellite image: map of Earth

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UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint.

The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s expertise in satellite data, cloud computing, earth observation and artificial intelligence,

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Controversial groundwater withdrawal sparks question of who owns South Carolina water

Google's controversial groundwater withdrawal sparks question of who owns South Carolina water

Who gets the water decides the region’s future, its development and livability. That’s why "water wars" are erupting in South Carolina, and that’s why the withdrawals by high-tech companies like Google are so controversial.

Forty million gallons of surface water per day now are pumped to customers by the Berkeley Water and Sanitation utility. Google, the marquee computer network company, apparently uses one-tenth of it — about 4 million gallons … [more…]