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The Death of Google Earth and the old ClimateViewer 3D

CV3D goes WebGL, climateviewer.com/3D/

Over the past three years, I have mapped polluted communities, top secret military installations, and other health and privacy related locations using the Google Earth application for Windows.

The best thing about maptivism with Google Earth was the ability to save your map as a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file, then share it on the web or embed it on a website using Google Earth’s web browser plug-in.  I had to teach myself to make a website using HTML 5 then learn the Google Earth API to be able to create ClimateViewer 3D, and now it is all coming to an end.

Google Chrome and Firefox are now killing Google Earth based websites:

the Earth API is built on a technology called the NPAPI plug-in framework, and recently, for security reasons, both Chrome and Firefox have announced they’re removing support for this framework. These security reasons, combined with dwindling cross-platform support (particularly on mobile devices), had made building applications that leverage the Earth API untenable for developers.

Therefore, after careful consideration, we have decided to retire the Google Earth API. Per our deprecation policy, the API will be supported until one year from today and will be turned off on December 12, 2015.

If that were true, then why has Google already blocked the GE plugin in Chrome 64 bit on Macs?

NPAPI is based on an old Netscape-era plug-in framework that makes installing plug-ins in web browsers easy. Google is stating that mobile browsers do not support plug-ins and security concerns have rendered the whole thing obsolete.  ClimateViewer 3D’s Google Earth plug-in isn’t alone, several widely used plug-ins are dying along with it:

Starting in January 2014, Chrome will block webpage-instantiated NPAPI plug-ins by default on the Stable channel. To avoid disruption to users, we will temporarily whitelist the most popular NPAPI plug-ins that are not already blocked for security reasons. These are:

  1. Silverlight (launched by 15% of Chrome users last month)
  2. Unity (9.1%)
  3. Google Earth (9.1%)
  4. Java (8.9%) *
  5. Google Talk (8.7%)
  6. Facebook Video (6.0%)

* Already blocked by default for security reasons

Browser Wars

Did you know Netflix runs on Silverlight?  They thought they had eight years to prepare for this change, they were wrong:

But since Microsoft announced the end of life of Silverlight 5 in 2021, we need to find a replacement some time within the next 8 years.  We’d like to share some progress we’ve made towards our goal of moving to HTML5 video. source: HTML5 Video at Netflix April 15, 2013

So what in the hell is going on?  Keep reading that article and you will see your answer:

We’ve been working with Google to implement support for the HTML5 Premium Video Extensions in the Chrome browser, and we’ve just started using this technology on the Samsung ARM-Based Chromebook. Our player on this Chromebook device uses the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions to adaptively stream protected content.  WebCrypto hasn’t been implemented in Chrome yet, so we’re using a Netflix-developed PPAPI (Pepper Plugin API) plugin which provides these cryptographic operations for now.

PPAPI is turning out to be quite controversial, here is a short history:

On August 12, 2009, a page on Google Code introduced a new project, Pepper, with the associated Pepper Plugin API (PPAPI), “a set of modifications to NPAPI to make plugins more portable and more secure”

Google’s replacement for NPAPI would be a good thing, except Firefox said “No soup for you!”

Mozilla is not interested in or working on Pepper at this time.” May 2011

Then Adobe jumped on the Google bandwagon:

In February 2012, Adobe Systems announced that future GNU/Linux versions of Flash Player would only be provided via PPAPI, although the previous release, Flash Player 11.2, with NPAPI support, would receive security updates for five years.

In the end, these browser wars are going to be real interesting to watch.  Now that we know that we are not alone in this struggle, we are searching for a replacement as Google clearly left us all hanging:

Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.  source: Announcing deprecation of the Google Earth API

Replacing ClimateViewer 3D

Since Google has not announced a replacement for the GE Plugin, the majority of Google Earth based websites are converting to the open-source Cesium 3D globe.  Cesium is based on WebGL meaning no plugin necessary, all you need is an HTML5 browser and a 3D video card in your device.  This new Cesium powered app will exponentially expand our ability to see real-time data and connect the dots in innovative ways.  Turns out Raytheon has made a demo called Vega that does everything we are hoping to bring to the open-source community for free, here’s what our new app should look like:

I first discovered Cesium back in June of 2012 and have been closely following their progress.

Getting our Google Earth KML files into Cesium has been a long process that is now nearing completion!

ClimateViewer 3D will die, and from its ashes will rise a mighty phoenix: ClimateED (name subject to change).

In the following video you will see our crowd-sourced reporting app then you will see an image slider showing how we have already got those reports into our new system based on Node.jsElasticsearch, Leaflet (for 2D) and Cesium (for 3D).

The Climate Editor

[the future of ClimateViewer 3D]

Preview images of our work in progress, showing KML data in Leaflet.

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P2P Geographic Situational Awareness System

On GitHub: https://github.com/rezn8d/climateviewer  JOIN THE TEAM! Use this form.

Real-time decentralized global propagation, notification, and analysis tools for the most comprehensive, cross-domain, uncensored environmental dataset ever assembled – ClimateViewer (used in ClimateViewer 3D and ClimateViewer Mobile).

Discover how natural and artificial phenomena, from past to present, underground to outer space… might affect the quality and length of our futures.

FEATURES

Server

  • Finished* ..
  • Somewhat Ready
    • KML Import
      • basics including Point geometry
    • minify description HTML content
      • HTML tokenization prevents indexing of HTML tags
    • P2P Protocol* Publishing a query and getting a response
      • Transfer layers and geodata (pull: receiver initiates)
    • Web Server* Static files
      • Geo queries* Circle (top left to bottom right of client’s web map’s = diameter of search, centered at center)
      • Layer (metadata) queries
  • TODO* Application runtime options* Enable web server* bind: host, port * Enable embedded ES* ES configuration * Enable local/remote ES’s* list of ES addresses (host:port) * Enable peer node* bind: host, port * list of seed peer addresses (host:port)
    • KML Import* remaining geometry types* Line, Multiline, Polygon, … * Overlay
      • verify that network links are correctly traversed
      • styles and their resources available on static web server *
    • Web server* Bound box query: more accurate for map display than circle (especially when the less square a box is)
    • Installer script + documentation
    • Seed Peerlist on Github
    • Layer metadata* Semantic URI’s – Apache GeoTK ISO’s and NASA SWEET
      • tags
    • SensorML* ..
    • More KML/GeoRSS/etc.. layers*
    • NLP and Numeric Analysis of Measurements
    • Document indexing (via Apache Tika plugin to ES)

Client

  • Somewhat Ready
    • Leaflet map
    • dynamic HTTP GET AJAX update, triggering redraw of the layers
    • Simple top-level layer legend of visibile item types with item count
  • TODO* Websockets as preferred client/server communication protocol* Streaming client pull for view and interest (focus) updates * Streaming server push for alerts and notifications
    • Layer tree* variable opacity
      • activation of request for non-visualized (but possibly available) data types
      • All metadata shown or clickable popup that shows, ex: URL and attribution source
    • Icons and styling
    • Item creation / editing (available in leaflet plugin)
    • Representation of server equipment by its geolocation (geoip)
    • Additional tilesets (available in leaflet plugin)
    • Leaflet* Remaining GeoJSON types
      • Overlay rendering
      • Normalize Lat/Lon (it goes out of bounds if continue around earth)
    • Cesium* ..

Help us make The Climate Editor a reality

Imagine the Ferguson riots on The Climate Editor:

  • Draw a circle on the map around Ferguson
  • Under search options, click:
    • Tweets from Twitter (with image previews)
    • Flickr photos (geolocated, live)
    • YouTube videos (by tag, date, geotag)
    • User tags (maps, posts by The Climate Editor community)
    • any other source you can image
  • Hit search, watch the live data appear as:
    • Map Markers with details on a Leaflet based 2D map or Cesium based 3D map
    • Feed: linear “Twitter style,” masonry “Pinterest style,” or GeoRSS
    • Graphs or Charts: using D3
  • Comment on, like, rate, and share any piece of data, marker, feed item, or graph point.
  • Create your own or combine different data sets and save them to “My Layers” then share your collections:
    • privately to your friends
    • publicly on our server
    • Or globally across all servers running The Climate Editor’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network.

If you are a programmer, please join our team by filling out this form and help us make this public resource a reality.  Everyone else, please share this page, like us somewhere, and donate to help us get a good server to run this amazing new project!

Global Survival System mockup, Netention + ClimateViewer 3D

Cesium One Api Three Views

About Jim "rezn8d" Lee (175 Articles)
Jim Lee publishes diligently researched environmental pollution, geoengineering, and mind control articles on his website ClimateViewer News (climateviewer.com) where the mantra is: "Where Conspiracy Meets Reality." He is also a contributing author and geoengineering adviser at The Liberty Beacon. Jim created ClimateViewer 3D (climateviewer.org), an open-source geophysical monitoring map with live intel streaming onto a gorgeous 3D globe. CV3D features an encyclopedic list of exclusive maps resulting in thousands of hours of personal educational bliss not found anywhere else on the internet, let alone all in one place. Also, Jim has compiled the largest volume of geoengineering and weather modification history into one massive timeline, complete with company directory, patents, sponsors, experiment map, and even live weather derivatives tracking: Weather Modification History (WeatherModificationHistory.com). "I am forever a Boy Scout, lifetime artist, nocturnal programmer, music is my life, love is my religion, and I am the luckiest husband and father on Earth. I have a passion for mapping, mysteries, and mayhem." Jim can be reached at jim@climateviewer.com.

2 Comments on The Death of Google Earth and the old ClimateViewer 3D

  1. “Getting our Google Earth KML files into Cesium has been a long process that is now nearing completion!”
    at this point – I felt better =)

    It realy suprised me every time, if I found a new ‘in my sense’ very good research – site…
    And truely this site – matches with all my 5-6 years old research on the whole
    1st. chemtrail – consp. to
    2nd. Geo-Engineering …
    and so on …. cloudseeding- climate-lie-coverup…

    and since the last years the realy fast progress of geting geo-engineering to the public – and that is -you all know that- the realy bad thing…
    The unknown people on earth get trapped by man-made-Terror and it’s logic that these Geo-Engineering thing is for the most people so far away – just why they think: thats can’t be.

    I started my blog – just for 1 reason:
    To public information that I found during my research
    (this information’s often are not the 1st-click-google-rank, if you koow what I mean)

    People thing if they read SOMETHING of ANYTHING – they got it.

    FALSE/ERROR/ComeplsBACKtoREALITY! and never believe in anything if you are in other mind./MakeQuesteions…

    The people today haven’t any overview – time is running (too) fast for the most people… they cannot realize anything yet 😀

    I live here in west germany- westphalia – Town: Marl … and we have a huge chemical parc here… and I watch in the sky since 6-7 years now, daily! and I saw the thing’s/ the tranformation of our sky… from the beginning… nowbody belive’s me… and thats was the biggest AWAKENINGEVENT in my life….

    even people show other people these things in the sky… and the informations from the web…..
    The world-climate-agenda worked perfectly and created a human-race, that if we come to this point: the people get SPLITTED

    And can be manipulated in this way, that they CANNOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE –
    from a deep-blue-nice active SKY and DAY
    to a >chemical-dust-sanded´ tocix-milk-FIELD-WEEK (“we have bad weather” – > “ok, like the most time..”) AND PEOPLE ACCEPT THAT.

    At this point my view of world changed, my mind changed completly to that THREADS and gave me power to PROVIDE the TRUTH.

    Because most people don’t get these information – of the SIMPLY FAIL-fact, that many can’t use pc’s right/ the internet/ or anything simply 21th century thing … and that’s INACCEPTABLE.

    ok – sry for my badnglish – I’m 23years old
    and belive in the good spirit in each of us…

    Thats the Time we live in.
    Insane.

    (otherthing: and I realy belive the endless UFO-sighngins in the last years, did not getting lower)

    STARGATE/STARWARS/STARTREK – NASA hide so many thing’s – It’s get a nice ride in 2015!

    I will tranlate as many I can into GERMAN from your page, –
    because YOU – created in my opinion the best structure-info-page
    of OVERVIEW these crime, I ever seen!

    THANKS FOR THAT : climateviewer.com

    STOP GEO-ENGINEERING / SRM
    greetingz from West-Germany
    #skywatchMARL

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  2. All of George Stiller’s maps are gone! Somebody’s working overtime to silence maptivism!

    “George Stiller says:
    March 15, 2015 at 3:14 am
    As of Friday March 13, 2015, MyReadingMapped ‘s 160 Google Maps of history and science were removed from the Internet by the powers that be ending your and my access to these educational tools. I would like to thank all of you who valued MyReadingMapped’s contribution. Unfortunately those of you who have networked KML files, those files will no longer work. So be sure to test your files to see if they still function. For those of you who still have the non-networked KML files, they should still work until someone figures out how to stop them from working as well.

    Without the embedded maps, the website was useless and I shut it down.

    Again, I thank you all for your participation in my free personalized Self-Orgnaized Learning Environment experiement.”
    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/03/latest-from-myreadingmapped.html#comment-230481

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