Sunday, February 05, 2006

One Planet, Many People

I have just heard about the atlas 'One Planet, Many People' via the map room and discovered that it is available to download here.

From the press release:

"Produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), One Planet Many People: Atlas of our Changing Environment compares and contrasts spectacular satellite images of the past few decades with contemporary ones, some of which have never been seen before.

The huge growth of greenhouses in southern Spain, the rapid rise of shrimp farming in Asia and Latin America and the emergence of a giant, shadow puppet-shaped peninsula at the mouth of the Yellow River are among a string of curious and surprising changes seen from space.

They sit beside the more conventional, but no less dramatic images of rain forest deforestation in Paraguay and Brazil, rapid oil and gas development in Wyoming, United States, forest fires across sub-Saharan Africa and the retreat of glaciers and ice in polar and mountain areas."

It has some really amazing satellite imagery and scarily illustrates the rate of enviromental destruction. It is great that it can be downloaded for free, so that this information can be spread as widely as possible.

Download link: http://www.na.unep.net/OnePlanetManyPeople/AtlasDownload.php

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