"Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes and other gadgets and descended to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But this is just the first step in the search giant's plan to digitally map and photograph the world's wild places."
The Earth Institute at Columbia University held a "State of the Planet" conference today, in New York city. It was open to the public, online, and interactive. Twitter hashtag: #SOP2012. A star-studded list of major speakers included Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. An archived video of the event will be posted when ready. See the SOP website.