In the official Google blog, the company has announced that it is launching a series of Google Earth layers and tours that allow users to explore the potential impacts of climate change.
The site uses data from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to show the range of expected temperature and rainfall for the next century under different emissions scenarios. The first tour is already on the site. It’s called ‘Confronting Climate Change’ and has a narration by Al Gore.
Google has collaborated with the Danish government on the site – Denmark is hosting the UN Climate Change Convention (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December. The two are also launching a YouTube COP15 channel for people to submit thoughts and questions on climate change to decision-makers. These videos will be broadcast on screens around the conference.