Google appeals to climate change scientists

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Building on the foundations of Google Earth

People have long used Google Earth to see how the world is changing, but now Google is making a concerted bid to win over scientists who track these changes for a living.

It is five years since the arrival of Google Earth, which gave users the chance to explore online satellite maps of the world for the first time. This week, at the International Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, the technology giant launched a new service that it hopes will provide a "common platform for global data analysis"