Google Earth Shows Climate Change in Action

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The University of Wales, Newport has produced a new learning resource that explores the use of Google Earth as a tool in exploring the impact of climate change on the planet.

The 'Sands of Time - a Google Earth approach to climate change education' resource includes a free access online video and learning activities, to help educationalists and climate change activists look at new ways of making use of the free Google Earth tool to explore the impact of climate change on a global scale.

This sees Newport's university combining two of its strengths - pioneering use of technology to develop educational resources and the championing of sustainable development and global citizenship.

The resource has been developed through collaboration between the University's Institute of Digital Learning and Professor Simon Haslett, director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Prof Haslett said: "Climate change issues in sustainable development span many spaces and scales, from individual homes to local communities, regions and nations beyond, and that requires people to appreciate these diverse contexts, which is a big challenge."

The publication, developed as part of a contribution to the UK's Higher Education Academy Geography Subject Area research programme, also provides a case study utilising Google Earth in examining climate change impacts and sustainable development issues in North Africa. …