The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Google Earth Outreach have partnered to find natural gas leaks in our cities. Google has attached sensors to their mapping vehicles so they can sense leaks while driving all of the roads in a city.
The goal of the partnership is to stop the leaks by bringing awareness to and working with the natural gas utilities and political leaders. Natural gas, which consists mostly of methane, is a valuable energy resource that we need to conserve but it can also affect the climate if leaked. Check out the leak results plotted on maps.