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Sydney Opera House sets sail on Street View
April 26, 2016
Perched on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon. Visited
by millions of people
each year, this architectural masterpiece can now be explored right from your Android or iPhone in Google Maps with the launch of the
Sydney Opera House on Street View
With this new collection, you can stand on the steps of the Opera House and
gaze at the white sails
, look out at
Sydney’s Harbour Bridge
, or take in the hustle and bustle of
in 360-degree panoramic imagery from wherever you are.
Feel what it’s like to stand on the stage of the
and look up at the
And go behind-the-scenes to spaces rarely seen by the public, like the stage of the
Joan Sutherland Theatre
Or see the
designed by the Sydney Opera House’s architect Jørn Utzon, which hangs in the room now named after him and overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Today’s new Street View collection is part of the opening of the
Sydney Opera House on the Google Cultural Institute
. To access this imagery, search for Sydney Opera House in Google Maps for mobile (available for both
), and select the Street View option to enter your own 360-degree tour. We hope you enjoy exploring this Heritage listed site with Street View.
Posted by Cynthia Wei, Street View Program Manager Asia Pacific
How technology can help us become more sustainable
April 14, 2016
We want to create technology that helps millions of others
understand our changing world
and live more sustainably—whether it’s connecting people with public transit routes, or using the data that powers Google Earth to help you see if your roof is good for solar panels. In honor of Earth Day this month, we’ve gathered together some of the ways Google can help you reduce your everyday emissions and learn more about preserving our world.
Monitoring forests and wildlife
Google Earth satellite technology gives scientists and environmentalists a way to measure and visualize changes of the world on both land and water. This technology can have great impact on monitoring endangered animal populations around the world. For example, with the help of
Global Forest Watch
, powered by
Google Earth Engine
, scientists at the University of Minnesota are suggesting that
wild tiger populations may rebound by 2022
, due to the efforts to restore tiger habitats in key regions.
Anyone can now view tiger conservation areas (in orange and yellow above) using Global Forest Watch
Looking to generate clean energy savings with solar power on your home? Check out
, a solar calculator that estimates the impact and potential savings of installing solar on the roof of your home. Taking Google Earth imagery and overlaying annual sun exposure and weather patterns, Sunroof is able to assess viable roof space for solar panel installation, estimate the value of solar and savings based on local energy costs, and connect you with providers of solar panels in your area.
As of this week, Sunroof expanded to 42 states across the U.S. (from
10 states in December
), which makes imagery and data available for a solar analysis to 43 million rooftops. We’re also working with organizations like Sierra Club and their
Ready for 100 campaign
to help analyze the solar potential of cities across the US.
Project Sunroof shows you the solar potential of your home and city, allowing you to realize its renewable potential. The image on the right shows how much sunshine Denver, CO residents can capture with solar.
Measuring air pollutants
For the past few years,
Google Earth Outreach
Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF) have been working together to map methane leaks from natural gas pipelines under our streets. Since methane is a very potent greenhouse gas (GHG), even small leaks can add up to big emissions that can hurt our climate. By attaching methane analyzers to select Street View cars, we’ve driven more than 7,500 miles and have
mapped 4,200+ leaks in 10 cities
. What we found ranges from an average of one leak per mile (in Boston) to one leak every 200 miles (in Indianapolis), demonstrating the effectiveness of techniques like using plastic piping instead of steel for pipeline construction. We hope utilities can use this data to prioritize the replacement of gas mains and service lines (like New Jersey’s
last fall). We’re also partnering with
many more pollutants
with Street View cars in California communities through this year.
Anyone can explore the maps at www.edf.org/methanemaps
Technology is crucial to increasing energy efficiency, raising climate change awareness, and sustainability efforts. To learn more about what you can do to help, take a moment to explore our
Google Earth Outreach
site, where these tools and more are described in depth.
Posted by Rebecca Moore, Engineering Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach
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