Google Maps to highlight Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife in Remote Locations
In an effort to reveal impact of climate change, mapping service Google Maps showed remote areas where the change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns has affected wildlife drastically. These views have been provided online by Google Maps.
Karin Tuxen-Bettman, outreach program manager of Google Earth, said climate change is showing no mercy on anyone on the earth. From plants to animals to humans, everyone across the planet is experiencing climate change, Tuxen-Bettman added.
The Google Earth outreach program manager said, “With Street View, you can get a window into some of our world's changing ecosystems, and learn how nonprofit and other organizations are working to keep our planet healthy”.
The organization dedicated to saving polar bears, Polar Bears International (PBI), used Street View Trekker 360-degree camera and some gears to upgrade maps with views of Manitoba’s polar bears as ice in the region has been disappearing. The organization posted the Street View scenes in its website to educate school children about Polar bear’s habitat.
Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), a nonprofit organization in Brazil, was another group to use the Trekker Gear. The foundation used it to map views of the Amazon forest and add isolated local communities on the map. FAS also captured images of three reserves in the Amazon to educate people about the protection of rain forest.
According to Tuxen-Bettman, Street View is effective in viewing the impacts of climate change, but the company is also using Street View to understand more about climate change.
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