UNECE and climate change, report cover

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The member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are some of the main emitters of greenhouse gases, with the EU, USA and Canada among others. The report Catalysing change - the UNECE response to the climate countdown, prepared for the COP15 climate conference in December 2009 summaries the activities among the UNECE members to mitigate and act on climate change. The UNECE counts 56 countries as members in Europe, North America, Central Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East.

Map illustration for the cover of the report Catalysing change - the UNECE response to the climate countdown.

The client asked for a powerful illustration to frame the report—an illustration that both captures the complexity of climate change, but also the diverse UNECE region. This region, encompassing 56 countries in most of the Northern hemisphere, is a challenge to present in a map, without resorting to a world map. In this map a fake globe perspective was used, where the Atlantic has been squeezed by moving Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and North America closer to Eurasia.

ESRI ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator were used to prepare the map.

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