New atlas containing 100 environmental hotspots of the world

Published: Tuesday 31 October 2006

Wake up call from satellites<s Environmental Hotspots UNEP/Google

Touring a virtual planet earth, zooming in on environmental hotspots and comparing today's crisis zones with yesterday's areas of natural beauty have all become possible, thanks to unep: Atlas of our Changing Environmena. The atlas, a collaboration between unep and the search engine Google, contains satellite images of 100 environmental hotspots from around the world.

The compilation draws attention to crises without apportioning blame, or at best holds all humanity culpable. "These satellite pictures are a wake-up call to all of us to look at the sometimes devastating changes we are wreaking on our planet," said unep executive director, Achim Steiner. "Through spectacular imagery, Google Earth and unep offer a new way of visualising the dangers facing our planet today. By tapping into the global Google community, we are able to reach out to millions of people who can mobilise and make a difference." If only the dazzle could make a difference.

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