Stunning Animation Shows How Global Warming Increased Over The Past 165 Years

Posted: May 11 2016, 2:40am CDT | by , Updated: May 11 2016, 1:48pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Stunning Visualization Shows How Global Warming Increased Over the Past 165 Years
Credit: Ed Hawkins, University of Reading

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This is one of the most convincing global warming visualizations ever seen. The graphic shows how global warming is spiraling out of control.

Global warming is having significant effects in our communities, health and overall climate and scientists have been using multiple ways to make people aware of these extreme changes. For this purpose, they have developed maps, charts and animations over the years. The latest visualization is yet another effort to paint a detailed picture of the effects of global warming in recent times.

The visualization has been created by a UK based climate scientist who is working at National Center for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading.

The animation shows how man-caused global warming has been increasing with each year gone by and where we are standing today after 165 years.

In the graphic, the rising global temperatures from 1850 to 2016 have been shown in a “visually appealing and straightforward way.” Hawkins has illustrated the warming in a series of spirals with each one representing a year in the historical climate record. As the time goes by, the planet gets warmer and the circles continue to expand outward. The pace rapidly shifts after 1940s while 2016 is the year when global average temperature passed the 1.5 degree Celsius mark.

“The pace of change is immediately obvious, especially over the past few decades. The relationship between current global temperature and the internationally discussed target limits are also clear without much complex interpretation needed.” Hawkins wrote in Climate Lab Book.

Climate scientist used data from Hadley Center of the United Kingdom’s Met Office for creating this stunningly impressive animation. In the blog post, Hawkins credits another climate scientist Jan Fuglestvedt with the idea of ‘spiraling global temperature’ visualization.

The graphic represents the era after industrial revolution when new manufacturing processes have been introduced in the world and burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas accumulated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and caused to dramatic rise in global temperatures. If we want to keep global warming in check, we need to curb carbon emissions immediately before it gets too late.

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