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Climate change gets interactive - and scarier

The Climate Hot Map, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, is a google map displaying climate trouble spots worldwide.

Creators say, "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."

When you use the map, you can turn the global warming effects on and off to see which places are affected with the boxes above.

It's similar to Cal-Adapt, which the California government put together. It lets you visualize various climate change impacts (temperature, snow pack, water level) as they've changed since 1950, and as they're projected to keep changing over time. 

I think Climate Hot Map and Cal-Adapt both educate and entertain as it stimulates the user’s curiosity to sift clues and scavenge for answers. Please forward to your nearest climate skeptic.

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