Global Warming Effects Map – Effects of Global Warming

GR:  Here’s a great website with facts and explanations for life’s persistent questions [about global warming].

The website has an interactive map showing global warming effects around the world.

Global Warming Interactive Map

“Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases.” –Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007

“Explore the signs of global warming on this map or Google Earth. The evidence of climate change includes heat waves, sea-level rise, flooding, melting glaciers, earlier spring arrival, coral reef bleaching, and the spread of disease.

“The greatest concentration of global warming indicators on the map is in North America and Europe because that is where most scientific investigation has been done to date. As scientists focus increasingly on fingerprints of global warming in other regions—from Russia to Antarctica and Oceania to South America—the evidence they find will be added to the map.

“Scientists project that unless emissions of heat-trapping gases are brought under control, the impacts of climate change are likely to increase.” –Union of Concerned Scientists (Global Warming Effects Map – Effects of Global Warming)

Global Forest Watch Interactive Map

GarryRogersThese interactive maps show carbon emissions associated with clearing of above ground live woody biomass across the tropics.  You can use the map layers to create custom maps of forest change, cover, and use.  This is a great resource!  Recommended.

rainforest-fire“GFW Climate provides interactive and high resolution (30 meter) maps of both the carbon stored in forests and the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere when forests are cleared. It also offers a customized user experience through the creation of on-the-fly maps and analysis, interactive country dashboards, customized reports and data downloads. The result is decision-relevant information that is transparent, easy to understand, and available to all who want to mitigate climate change through the implementation of better forest policies and programs. The entire GFW platform is free to use and follows an open data approach.

“At this time, GFW Climate focuses only on estimating emissions from tropical deforestation, and does not include emissions or removals from other land use activities such as forest degradation or carbon stock enhancements from forest gains. Methods and data for these activities are generally less developed than those for deforestation. Given the recent momentum behind global and regional restoration initiatives, future versions of GFW Climate may expand to include other activities as new data become available.

“GFW Climate is supported by a diverse partnership of organizations that contribute data, technology, funding, and expertise. The GFW partnership is convened by the World Resources Institute. See a full list of partners below.” Global Forest Watch.