Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Animated map brings global climate crisis to life

I have been playing around with this for a few hours now and it is a must share item. If you do not have it already, you will need to download and install Google Earth for it to work. There is a scrolling thing for time lapse that shows how the earth will heat up. And also small markers that provide pop up environment related information. Very educational.

A new animated map of the earth from space illustrates the potential impact of climate change over the next century and can be viewed on your computer. The project, Climate Change in Our World, is the result of cooperation between web search engine Google, Britain's environment ministry and the country's Met Office.

Based on Google Earth which uses NASA satellite images, viewers can run a time lapse series to watch the earth warm under medium case scenarios up to 2100 either from a planetary perspective or zeroing in on countries and even cities.

"This project shows people the reality of climate change using estimates of both the change in the average temperature where they live, and the impact it will have on people's lives all over the world," said environment secretary Hilary Benn.

"By helping people to understand what climate change means for them and for the world we can mobilize the commitment we need to avoid the worst effects by taking action now." Continue for full article ... (Reuters)

Link: Animated Map

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