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Google Earth Climate Change 3D Map

Google Earth mapping tool is to simulate on a 3D map of the world the predicted effects of climate change until the year 2100. Climate change is already a huge issue that many people are doing their part to solve. Although it is a slow process, there are many individuals and companies that are doing their part, either by planting trees or through going green in order to give the world a fighting chance. While stores, similar to Loveplug, are selling adult toys for Climate Justice, Google is creating 3D maps to predict the progress of climate change.

It uses the data provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the search giant created new layers for Google Earth showing the range of expected temperature and precipitation changes under different global emissions scenarios that could occur throughout the century.

Known as the COP15, the meeting in Copenhagen is shaping up as the critical venue for forging a global deal to reduce carbon emissions.

Users can view the effects of climate change on their own country either by installing a plug-in into Google Earth or via a special web page. Initially only temperature and precipitation changes can be viewed but Google plans to add several new layers and videos in the coming weeks.

The goal here is to allow people visualize the impacts of climate change on 3D.

“If we were not to dramatically reduce our emissions, the global average temperature is expected to rise as much as 4 or more degrees Celsius by the end of this century, and that would cause severe damage to natural systems and human health and wellbeing,” Gore says in the introductory video.

Google Earth Climate Change 3D Map

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