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					A new Google Earth map highlights the devastating impact a 4C rise in temperature
would have on different parts of the world.
  The interactive tool, which was released by the UK 鈥檚 coalition government, aims
to stimulate the debate on carbon emissions and climate change. It comes after recent
warnings that - based on current international carbon pledges - the earth 鈥檚
temperature is set to rise by an average of nearly 4C, which could lead to sea level
rises, forest fires and drought.
  The online map (http://www.fco.gov.uk/google-earth-4degrees.kml) shows how
temperature rises differ drastically around the world. The poles glow red, with a
potential rise of up to 10C, while northern Europe escapes with light orange 2-3C
rises. Other hotspots including the Amazon rainforest stand out.
  Climate change minister Greg Barker said: 鈥淚 t does not make pleasant viewing
and underlines the threat to human and national security if we don 鈥檛 act now.鈥?
  Deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change. In just 24 hours, logging
will release as much carbon into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from
London to New York.
  The good news is that steps to tackle deforestation are starting to make a difference.
A recent report reveals global production of illegal timber has dropped by a 22 per
cent since 2002 while Brazil, Cameroon and Indonesia, have seen levels fall by a huge
50 to 75 per cent.
  It has been calculated that since 2002, 17m hectares of forest have been saved from
deforestation, preventing the release of up 1.2bn tonnes of carbon into the
atmosphere.
  However, there is still a long way to go before countries achieve sustainable
management of their tropical forests.
  Andrew            Skeene,        of       Global         Forestry        Investments
http://www.globalforestryinvestments.com/index.php, said: 鈥淥 ur driving objective
at Global Forestry Investments is sustainable forestry. Our intention is not only to be
sustainable but also to increase the volume of standing trees, therefore making a
positive impact on carbon offsetting.鈥? Global Forestry Investments offer people the
chance to invest in tropical hardwood trees. It is an opportunity to become involved
with one of the greenest and highest performing commodities of the last 100 years.

				
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