The Union of Concerned Scientists have launched their "Climate Hot Map" online tool in an effort to communicate how scientists are proving that global warming is already affecting people and places around the world.
"Using the free Google Maps API, visitors to the site can now visit 60 hotspots that're changing due to climate change. The Climate Hot Map is part of a larger Weight of the Evidence campaign launched by UCS," informs google.
In addition to providing this valuable educational resource and advocacy tool, the Climate Hot Map has announced a Scavenger Hunt*. Answer eight questions about where specific impacts of climate change and global warming are already taking place and you could win prizes like an Earthwatch expedition.
*"From catastrophic flooding to airplane delays, from itchier poison ivy to food and water shortages, global warming is already having an impact on your life and the world around you. Embark on our Climate Hot Map Scavenger Hunt to explore the places (or "hot spots") where scientists have gathered evidence of climate change. Not only will you virtually travel the world, but you could win a trip for two to help find answers to the challenges of climate change in the Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Brazil!," reads the descrption of the competition.
This project was funded by Google.org and Google Earth Outreach's GeoChallenge Grants.
[Source:Google Nonprofits Blog]