Thursday, June 12, 2008

Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

New Atlas Captures Changing Face of Africa's Environment

Environment ministers from across Africa were presented with a new atlas that uses hundreds of satellite images and maps to show how the continent has changed over the past 35 years. Some changes are viewed as negative - glaciers melting, cities and suburbs replacing forests, wild animals disappearing into cooking pots - but others are seen as positive - forests and rare species recovering due to better management.
The atlas features over 300 satellite images taken in every country in Africa in over 100 locations including the Okavango in Botswana. It was compiled by the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

"Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment" (VERY SLOW LINK!) contains 316 satellite images taken in 104 locations in every country in Africa, along with 151 maps and 319 ground photographs and a series of graphs illustrating the environmental challenges faced by the continent.
All the materials in the Atlas are non-copyrighted and available for free use. Individual satellite images, maps, graphs and photographs can be downloaded from

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