NASA’s Animation Shows 135 Years Of Global Warming In Just 30 Seconds

Posted: Jan 25 2016, 9:48pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA’s Animation Shows 135 Years of Global Warming in Just 30 Seconds
Credit: NASA

The video maps global warming trends from 1880 to 2015 and reflects how temperatures continue to rise as the years go by.

NASA has released a powerful animation of just 30 seconds showing 135 years of global warming (1880-2015).

The short video reflects how world temperatures continue to rise as the years go by and reached to its peak when we entered 2015, which was deemed as the hottest year on record.

In the video, blue color represents years with cooler temperatures while orange color signifies temperatures warmer than average.

Earth was predominantly blue until patches of orange started to appear in the mid-1930s while a sharp spike in global temperatures was observed after the 1980s.

The average temperature of the Earth has risen up to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century and the main driving force was increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions produced by human activities. 

Natural phenomena known as El Nino also contributed in bringing short-term changes in global temperatures.

According to NASA and NOAA, 2015 was the hottest year since modern record keeping began in 1880, shattering the previous record of 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit set in 2014.

If the trend continues and carbon emissions are left unchecked, even warmer years can be expected in the future. According to UK Met Office temperature forecast, 2016 is likely to be even warmer than record-breaking 2015.

“The forecast for next year is on the back of some other strong years.” Adam Scaife from Met Office said in a statement December last year.

“In 2014, we had 0.6 which was nominally a record, 2015 so far we’ve had 0.7 which is also nominally a record, and next year we are talking about 0.8 – so you can see that very rapid rise over three years and by the end of 2016 we may be looking at three record years in a row.”

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