Google Earth Map Now Highlighting Effects of Climate Change

Using peer-reviewed science and Google Earth technology, anew map shows what will happen if the global average temperature goes 4°C above the pre-industrial average.

Climate change is very abstract, even to those who think, read, and write about it a lot (ahem…). Creating visuals that show what will happen (or is happening) as a result of climate change are important to stimulate more action to slow or stop climate change.

The Foreign Office and the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK launched this new, interactive map to help communicate climate science in the wake of the climategate non-scandal (well, scandal if we are talking about the fact that private emails were stolen and published on the internet). The map covers issues such as the effects of climate change on crop productivity and food production, water availability, sea-level rise, and carbon emissions.

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