'Rivercraft,' a new Minecraft mode, teaches players about the effects of climate change and floods.

'Rivercraft,' a new Minecraft mode, teaches players about the effects of climate change and floods.

Minecraft, the popular video game, has partnered with the UK Environment Agency to release a new mode called Minecraft: Education Edition.  The 'Rivercraft' edition, often known as 'Climate Change,' teaches players about the effects of climate change and floods on communities.

Minecraft, the popular video game, has partnered with the UK Environment Agency to release a new mode called Minecraft: Education Edition.  The 'Rivercraft' edition, often known as 'Climate Change,' teaches players about the effects of climate change and floods on communities.

Rivercraft is a game about a new flood defence system being implemented in Preston, United Kingdom.  To lessen the flood risk in the area, the city is constructing flood walls, glass panels, and embankments surrounding approximately 5,000 residences.

Rivercraft is a game about a new flood defence system being implemented in Preston, United Kingdom.  To lessen the flood risk in the area, the city is constructing flood walls, glass panels, and embankments surrounding approximately 5,000 residences.

Three separate games are included in this edition, all of which focus on preventing floods caused by climate change.  In the first game, "Managing Flooding," players can construct their own flood barriers similar to those being constructed in Preston.

Three separate games are included in this edition, all of which focus on preventing floods caused by climate change.  In the first game, "Managing Flooding," players can construct their own flood barriers similar to those being constructed in Preston.

In "Flood Prevention," players must investigate how individuals may aid in the mitigation of climate change.  Players then participate in an in-game ecological survey to find and report wildlife species in "Our Local Environment."

In "Flood Prevention," players must investigate how individuals may aid in the mitigation of climate change.  Players then participate in an in-game ecological survey to find and report wildlife species in "Our Local Environment."

BlockBuilders created the game, telling Microsoft that they discovered the 3D data of the new structures in Preston and turned it into an instructional Minecraft environment.

BlockBuilders created the game, telling Microsoft that they discovered the 3D data of the new structures in Preston and turned it into an instructional Minecraft environment.

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