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Climate Change

Published on September 25th, 2009 | by Zachary Shahan


Google Earth Shows Climate Change Effects

September 25th, 2009 by  

A new tool in Google Earth shows you the “effect” of climate change in your area.

Using Google Earth, you can look at climate effects under three different scenarios — 1) Confronting Climate Change — “with Al Gore”, 2) IPCC High Emissions Scenario, and 3) IPCC Low Emissions Scenario. Other new tools let you examine other aspects of climate change and how to adapt to climate change.


This is one of Google’s efforts to help the lead-in to the climate conference in Copenhagen in December. The internet giant teamed up with the Danish government to create these new tools.

The new tools were launched this Tuesday. The main Google Earth tool helps users to examine the potential impacts of climate change, but additional tools also help users to evaluate ways of adapting to climate change.

Al Gore is the first celebrity leading a Google “tour” on the climate in a whole series of such tours on Google Earth. Additional tours will be launched in coming weeks.

Google’s Benjamin Kott and Jonas Vang said on the Google blog that the company used data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to show “the range of expected temperature and precipitation changes under different global emissions scenarios that could occur throughout the century.”

In another attempt to raise awareness for the Copenhagen conference, Google also recently launched the YouTube COP15 Channel — a beautiful YouTube channel urging us all to raise our voice on climate change.

In addition to raising awareness, Google developed the new Google Earth tools because there is increasing demand from individuals and businesses for tools showing how climate change will affect them.

via BusinessGreen

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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