The Earth Knowledge Portal launched recently as a new way to view global news and information via a Google Earth interface. The Google Earth Outreach Team contributed a large collection of their Google Earth Tours as content. News comes from BBC Earth, World Wildlife Fund, Reuters, NASA, NOAA, Christian Science Monitor, and the Global Heritage Fund among others. The site is also supported by the University of Phoenix as lead education provider.
The site provides a means to customize news feeds and to view news via a map-based interface. There are also map layers for land, water, climate and biodiversity data. News is categorized on the site into lists that deal with Natural Capital (water, biodiversity, land use), Economic Capital (local economy, sustainable business, renewable energy), and Social Capital (citizen needs, citizenship, community and culture).
View the video below for a quick tour.