Get the facts about global climate change with these 10 apps
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Images of Change
This week the UN is meeting to discuss global climate change action plans, following a record-breaking march by activists in NYC. Here are 10 apps with practical info about the important issue.
This is an iPad app made by NASA that showcases the changing face of the planet. There are many before and after images of places around the world such as glacier sites that have melted or cities after natural disasters caused by climate change.
Give O2 is a way to measure and offset your carbon footprint and get rewards for particpating stores and businesses. The app connects what you’re buying, how you’re traveling, and your household habits to how much carbon you’re contributing each day. It’s available for iOS.
If you’re considering investing in solar energy, take a look at Solar Checker. The app, available on iOS, determines the solar radiation at your GPS location and calculates the ROI for a roof installation. All you have to do is enter data about your home and roof.
Painting With Time
With a few swipes of your fingers, you can paint away time on various images of climate change around the globe. Watch glaciers retreat and disappear through time, or look at the effects of natural disasters. There is also a guide for capturing images of change yourself.
This app is a curation of climate action, sorted by organization and location. It was made so users can harness social media to create change and share climate solutions.
Carbon Emissions Calculator
This app tracks the carbon emissions you contributed through air travel. Select your origin and destination airports, type of plane and number of passengers, and find how big your carbon footprint is each time you fly.
This is a the official app for the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice, available for iOS. The photography and timelapse videos about melting glaciers around the world are available to witness at any time.
EPA Air Now
This app gives you real time air quality information that you can use to decide your daily activities.
Greenpeace is a leader in environmental activism, especially for the tech world. The organization has called out many tech companies to clean up their act and use renewable energy. This app (with an adorable penguin mascot) has breaking news, games, quizzes, and ways to become online activists and support campaigns.
This free app is available on iOS. The app analyzes companies on a scale of one to 100, based on how well they address climate change. It is based on criteria such as the impact on global warming, support or blockage of climate change legislation, and climate action. The database has about 150 companies right now.