Business will soon have access to a simpler way of assessing how global
warming could affect their operations, thanks to a new series of online tools
launched this week by Google.
The internet giant announced on its
blog that it has teamed up with the Danish government in the run-up to the
crucial Copenhagen climate change conference to produce a series of layers and
tours for its Google
Earth tool that allow users to analyse the potential impact of rising
The new tools will also let users assess some of the measures proposed for
adapting to inevitable levels of climate change.
Writing on the blog, Benjamin Kott of Google’s green business operations
division and industry analyst Jonas Vang said that the company had worked with
data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to show “the
range of expected temperature and precipitation changes under different global
emissions scenarios that could occur throughout the century”.
The first “tour” using this new data was launched on Tuesday with narration
from Al Gore, and Google said further tools will follow in the coming months.
The company also announced the launch of a
YouTube COP15 Channel to help promote
the forthcoming Copenhagen conference.
The new Google Earth tools are the latest in a series of initiatives designed
to make it easier for businesses and individuals to assess how climate change
will affect them over the coming decades.
The Met Office is currently considering integrating much of its existing
climate change work into a new climate service for businesses designed to
provide them with detailed information on how global warming could affect their
“We already provide a lot of information for businesses on the 10- to 30-year
time frame that impacts their infrastructure decisions, and we are looking at
bringing that together into a dedicated climate service,” said a spokesman for
the organisation, adding that there was growing demand for information from
businesses that are increasingly aware that they need to be seen to have an
understanding of climate risks.
Author: James Murray