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U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Protecting the Pacific - Online Tools Make a Splash with Californians

February 20, 2009

Californians are diving deep into the Pacific Ocean without ever leaving their computers. New online mapping tools allow people to see underwater, and at the same time track the effects of climate change and human activity. allows users to view maps of marine areas in and around California waters and then share their ideas for protecting those areas using a new version of Google Earth, called Google Ocean.

Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast in Southern California, is working to protect and preserve coastal ecosystems. He hopes the new tools will inspire others to do the same.

"It’s a great tool for everyone who loves our coast and ocean, and who wants to become an active stakeholder and protector of this great resource we have - that really makes California, California."

This type of technology used to be available only to large research institutions and scientists with big budgets, adds Dedina.

"Using your desktop, you can take pictures, do you own surveys, and incorporate them into Google Ocean. You can use MarineMap to create your own proposed marine protected area. This has revolutionized the work of marine conservationists because it doesn’t cost us that much."

MarineMap was created by UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute. Google Earth is one of Google's most popular products and has been downloaded on half a billion computers.

More information is available at

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA