Myth-busting climate change website wins global award

Jul 05, 2012

(Phys.org) -- Myths circulating online about climate change cause misplaced apathy or alarm. A website built to be the antidote has won a major global award for a team from the University of Southampton.

Globe-Town.org won third prize in the first international 'Apps for Climate' competition (#Apps4Climate) held by the World Bank, presented at a ceremony in Washington DC. By opening up the facts of climate change in different countries, Globe-Town shows how no one is isolated from the consequences in an interdependent world. The site also reveals how responding to climate change presents a world of opportunities to inspire individuals and entrepreneurs.

The application was conceived by web science and sustainability researcher Jack Townsend and developed with a team including four other PhD students from the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre in Southampton's prestigious department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS).

It was funded by the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme which is led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Jack says: "The has estimated that climate change is killing 150,000 people a year. In order to tackle this challenge, we all need to know how it affects us personally and what we can do about it. Globe-Town does this by connecting the global with the local, so we can explore the risks, responsibilities and opportunities of in an increasingly interconnected world."

Globe-Town is an easy-to-use web application where people can learn about each country's environment, society and economy, so they can understand the challenges and opportunities that it faces in a changing world.

Moreover, they can explore the connections between countries through relationships such as trade, migration or air travel. Stories can then emerge of how climate risks can be transmitted between distant countries, for instance the impact of the 2011 Thai floods on the Japanese economy. Similarly, the user can learn about shared responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions through the things we import, or opportunities to act to mitigate and to adapt, such as investing in renewable energy projects abroad.

Jack continues: "I'm fascinated by the potential of web technologies and openness to tackle global challenges and advance sustainable development for all. "Globe-Town is just one example of how they can contribute."

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Bob_Kob
2.6 / 5 (22) Jul 05, 2012
climate change is killing 150,000 people a year


what a joke..
mememine69
2.2 / 5 (17) Jul 05, 2012
That's it, this phys.org is just a bunch of lazy copy and paste science sheep. You have all done to science what abusive priests did for the Catholic Church. Nice job girls.
AWaB
4.1 / 5 (9) Jul 05, 2012
I was looking forward to reading a myth-busting article or even how it attempted to bust myths. Maybe the writer copy-and-pasted the wrong article. Besides the title and synopsis, the word 'myth' was never used again.
djr
3.3 / 5 (19) Jul 05, 2012
"That's it, this phys.org is just a bunch of lazy copy and paste science sheep. You have all done to science what abusive priests did for the Catholic Church. Nice job girls."

well - I disagree with you - but can we at least take comfort in knowing that you will be no longer reading this science site that you despise so strongly - and you will no longer be cluttering up the comments section. I am sure that whatsupwiththat - or some creationist web sites would love to have your undivided attention.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.1 / 5 (21) Jul 05, 2012
If a denialist circle jerk is what you are after, then

"wattsupwiththat" - DougTard

is the place to go. Run by a retired radio weather announcer Anthony Watts, and funded by the Carbon industry, Wattsupwiththat is a one stop shop for all manner of anti-science non-science nonsense.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.8 / 5 (16) Jul 05, 2012
What brings science illiterates like Bobbie to a science site?

"what a joke.." - BobTard
rubberman
2.5 / 5 (13) Jul 05, 2012
climate change is killing 150,000 people a year


what a joke..


I'm sure their families find it equally humerous....idiot.
NotParker
2.3 / 5 (6) Jul 05, 2012
climate change is killing 150,000 people a year


what a joke..


I'm sure their families find it equally humerous....idiot.


Imaginary families ....
Vendicar_Decarian
2 / 5 (8) Jul 05, 2012
Like yours.

"Imaginary families." - ParkerTard/UbVonTard/sunshinehours1 or whatever name he is posting under today.

Au-Pu
1.8 / 5 (5) Jul 06, 2012
Climate change is a reality with or without mans input.
For 2.8 billion years we have oscillated between tropical and glacial periods.
The average period between glaciations is 41,000 years.
Our last Glaciation was about 13,000 years ago.
That gives us roughly another 7.000 to 8,000 years of global warming before the earth starts to cool again.
The questions we should be addressing are
a) Can mans activities add to global warming?
b) If they can then are we able to undo what we have done?
I suspect that if we have added to the global warming process that once we have added to it we will be unable to undo our contribution because it will simply become part of the normal warming cycle.
antialias_physorg
3.9 / 5 (7) Jul 06, 2012
Climate change is a reality with or without mans input.

But not uncorrelated with it.
Yes there have been times in the past (even before humans were on the scene) when the climate has changed. That is without dispute. But it is also not an argument against man-made global warming in any way whatsoever.

But currently everything just points to humans affecting the climate. You do the statistics and the multivariate analyses and the numbers just stare you in the face. You can always say "it' just statistics, and statistics aren't certainty" -a nd you'd be right. But at some point throwing 95 sixes out of 100 throws of the die SHOULD lead anyone to believe that we're dealing with a loaded die (and not just random/natural fluctuations).
jimsecor
3 / 5 (6) Jul 06, 2012
Unfortunately, antialias, science does say something different than the Global Warming Armageddonist; but I suspect the Global Warming Armageddonists can't read peer-reviewed journals which are, it must be admitted, full of scientific jargon sometimes. Humanity cannot do the warming--or the cooling--all on its own. Aside from the huge conceit, there are far too many places where humanity is not producing the hated CO2--also a bi-product of digestion--for the industrially and technologically advanced societies to overcome, try as they might. Of late, I LOVE the "hottest it's been in centuries" bullcrap for this summer. Here I am in the midwest where temps are 104-105 while in 1980 the temps were 110 and people were dying. A DUH! moment in historical time assessment. As for the mythical 150 K people dying annually--how long annually?--more people die annually--and there's more annuals to count--of the flu. Just think how much more arable land there will be as we warm up!
rubberman
2.3 / 5 (6) Jul 06, 2012
Jimsecor- Most skeptics try to discredit the theory of AGW based on their own perceptions and interpretations of the research and the papers written on the subject, the numbers don't lie and the observations can't be faked. We are watching a global net mass loss of glacial ice, global retreat of permafrost in all regions, the rapid loss of artic sea ice, continued sea level rise due to both thermal expansion and volume contribution from the glaciers, northern species migration and an amplification of weather events already considered to be extreme. Only someone completely ignorant of science would claim CO2 doesn't cause lower atmospheric warming, or point to a small region of the globe that is not warming as argument denying climate change.
Saying we as a race aren't contributing to the changes we are seeing is equivalent to claiming man hasn't caused any species of animal to become endangered or extinct.
jimsecor
3 / 5 (6) Jul 06, 2012
How sad, antialias. How very sad. Everything doesn't "just point" to humanity's being THE reason for global warming. There are no statistics. There are too many places on the earth that are not technologically and industrially advanced that they would produce the horrible CO2 that comes from technologically and industrially advanced societies. ALSO...the timing of Gore's book with Gore's investment in energy saving devices with Gore's owning another "green business" with the gov't's giving millions to "green" power is mighty suspicious--esp since his newly owned company has its fingers everywhere, including the UN programs. Did you know that CO2 is a byproduct of digestion? I suggest we should all stop farting or perhaps buy butt plugs. Cut down on greenhouse gases.
jimsecor
3 / 5 (6) Jul 06, 2012
Oh, dear, rubberman. Nobody's saying the earth is not warming up. But real science says it's not SOLELY because of humanity. Humanocentrism is rather arrogant and conceited. Humanocentrism says there is nothing outside of humanity that causes global warming. So, I guess, all that industrialization of the Celtic migration and the early Middle Ages was because of all of the CO2 from humans' cars and buses and coal and oil and...you name it. Perhaps people were farting more then?????
antialias_physorg
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 06, 2012
There are too many places on the earth that are not technologically and industrially advanced that they would produce the horrible CO2

You are aware that CO2 is a gas, right?

And seriously: no one in the scientific community gives a flying f*** about what Al Gore says, writes or does. He's not a scientist.
So attacking climate science via attacking Gore (whether he's wrong or right) is like attacking the morals of the pope via the arguments about the immoral behaviour of sea lions.

Climate science is global. The results are global and there ae contributions from scientists all over the world. Do you seriously believe taht a scientist in India, Australia, or Sweden cares whether Gore publishes as book?
I hate to break the news to you: but most people on the planet have never heard of Al Gore.
rubberman
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 06, 2012
Oh, dear, rubberman. Nobody's saying the earth is not warming up. But real science says it's not SOLELY because of humanity. Humanocentrism is rather arrogant and conceited. Humanocentrism says there is nothing outside of humanity that causes global warming. So, I guess, all that industrialization of the Celtic migration and the early Middle Ages was because of all of the CO2 from humans' cars and buses and coal and oil and...you name it. Perhaps people were farting more then?????


I said we were contributing Jim, not causing. You agreed, thank you. As far as the "humanocentrists" go...you git 'em!

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