Chennai, May 20: Millions of Google Earth users around the world would now be able to ''see'' how climate change will affect the planet and its people over the next century and also view the loss of Antarctic ice shelves over the last 50 years, thanks to a new project launched today.
The project, 'Climate Change in Our World,' is the product of a collaboration between Google, the UK Government, the Met Office Hadley Centre and the British Antarctic Survey to provide two new 'layers', or animations, available to all users of Google Earth, according to a release from the British High Commission here today. One animation uses world leading climate science from the UK's Met Office Hadley Centre to show world temperatures throughout the next hundred years under medium projections of greenhouse gas emissions, along with stories of how people in the UK and in some of the world's poorest countries are already being affected by changing weather patterns.
Users could also access information on action that can be taken by individuals, communities, businesses and governments to tackle climate change, and highlights good work already underway.
Another animation, developed by the British Antarctic Survey, show the retreat of Antarctic ice caps since the 1950s, and features facts about climate change science and impacts in the Antarctic, the release added.