July 15, 2010
Britain Unveils Earth Temperature Google Map
British ministers have launched a new Google Earth map in order to show the potential impact of temperature rises of 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
The map allows people to see the dramatic changes that could take place if action is not taken to try and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the map, significant alterations include higher temperatures over land compared to the sea, and extreme temperature increases in the Arctic.
According to the Foreign Office statement, the map was created using analysis from the Met Office Hadley center, a largely state-funded climate change research unit that advises government and other leading scientists in the field.
Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham said while unveiling the map on Wednesday that it demonstrated the government's determination to tackle climate change and show a wide audience the dangers of rising temperatures.
"The threat from climate change has not gone away and this government is committed to doing what it can to take action," he said.
"We are committed to being the 'greenest' government ever."
Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister, told AFP news: "This map reinforces our determination to act against dangerous man-made climate change."
Vicky Pope, from the Met Office, told AFP: "If greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, global average temperatures could increase by four degrees Celsius by the end of the century, and possibly as early as 2060."
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