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Revealing climate change website wins global award
Date:6/29/2012

A new website that opens up the complex world of climate change and how it relates to the individual has won a major global award for a team from the University of Southampton.

Globe-Town.org won a top three place at 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 and sustainability researcher Jack Townsend (@JackTownsend_) and developed with a team including four other PhD students from the University's Web Science Doctoral Training Centre. Jack says: "The World Health Organisation 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 climate change in an increasingly interconnected world."

Jack continues: "The aim of Globe-Town is to open up our world of connections to exploration, whilst bringing home what the things we discover might mean to us personally. We hope to bring more transparency to the rich network of our connections, or, perhaps introduce people to their far-away next-door neighbours."

Globe-Town originated with Jack's research into the web and climate change. "I'm fascinated by the potential of web technologies and openness to tackle global challenges and advance sustainable development for all," Jack adds. "Globe-Town is just one example of how they can contribute."

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Contact: Glenn Harris
G.Harris@soton.ac.uk
44-238-059-3212
University of Southampton
Source:Eurekalert

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