Friday, May 23, 2008

Google Earth Brings Global Climate Change to Life

Posted by Josh Hill,, May 20, 2008. "Together with Britain's environment ministry and the country's Meteorological Office, Google has created a new animated map that... illustrates the potential impact of global climate change over the next century. The project is called Climate Change in Our World [and it] allows viewers to run a series of time lapse sequences to watch earth warm under a medium case scenario up to the year 2100. Another animation, developed in conjunction with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), shows the retreat of Antarctica's ice caps since the 1950's, with numerous factoids about climate change science, and its specific impact on the Antarctic... '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, including here in Britain. 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,' [said British environment secretary Hilary Benn]."

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