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Google Earth zooms in on climate change

New map highlights devastating impacts

 A new interactive Google Earth map showing the impact of a 4°C world has been launched by the government.
The map highlights some of the changes that could occur if the global average temperature rises by 4°C.

The map features videos of UK scientists explaining the latest scientific research behind the climate impacts that are demonstrated. It also includes examples of Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Council climate change projects currently taking place around the world.

Ed Parsons, Geo Spatial Technologist at Google said: ?This is a great example of the benefits of using the latest web technology to visualise scientific information and promote better understanding of the potential human impacts of climate change. Allowing scientists to talk about their research to the general public is a way to enable the public to fully understand how the process of scientific investigation works.?

Launched by FCO Minister Henry Bellingham and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker alongside Chief Scientist Professor John Beddington, the map was developed using research from the Met Office Hadley Centre and other leading impact scientists.

?The threat from climate change has not gone away and this Government is committed to doing what it can to take action,? said Mr Bellingham. ?We are committed to being the ?greenest? Government ever. As the Foreign Secretary set out recently in his first major foreign policy speech, he is keen to engage with new audiences. This Google Earth map supports that commitment to tackling climate change and will hopefully communicate with a bigger audience globally about why the UK Government is being active in championing the transition to a low carbon economy.?

Click here to view the interactive map.

 

Added the 22 July 2010 in category Innovation News

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