Tangible Earth on show at UN

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Professor Shinichi Takemura demonstrating the Tangible Earth. UNISDR@PHOTO

An interactive digital globe that graphically depicts the vulnerability of the planet to natural disasters is making its debut at UN Headquarters on Friday.

The "Tangible Earth" globe allows users to view and understand the condition of the planet, by dynamically visualizing scientific data such as earthquake and tsunami-prone zones.

It also maps climate variations, the progression of global warming and biodiversity.

The inventor of the Tangible Earth, Shinichi Takemura, says what is important is not the technology but how it is used to shape humanity's vision for the future of the planet.

He has used the globe to challenge global leaders to “shift the paradigm from perceiving disasters as an external event" and instead to take a more proactive approach to protecting the planet.

Professor Takemura, is Director of the Earth Literacy Programme, a partner of the UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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