National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NASA has released a video which depicts more than 100 years of climate change in just 20 seconds.
According to its independent analyses, NASA and NOAA confirmed this week that the Earth’s surface temperatures in 2016 were the warmest since the record-keeping started in 1880.
When compared with the temperatures recorded in the mid-20th century, the globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 Fahrenheit or 0.99 degree celsius warmer than the mid-20th century mean.
The visual data shown in the above video goes back to 1880 when NASA began to collect the temperature records from across the globe through its 6300 weather stations, ship and buoy-based observations and Antarctic research stations.
As you can see, until around the 1970s the temperature fluctuates, with the oranges and reds indicating warmer temperatures and the blues showing cooler temperatures. But, from 1980 onwards, there’s little blue left on the globe and it gradually gets covered in yellow, orange and red, taking us right through to 2016.
This visualisation also shows that not all of the warming takes place at the same time. For instance, 48 states in the US experienced 2016 as only the second hottest year on record, but the Arctic experienced its warmest year ever, with record low sea ice coverage to match.
If this video isn’t really helping then NASA also released a gif which showcases the year-on-year rise in temperatures throughout the globe.
This might not seem so startling because every now and then the climate and weather trends come and go, but such trends are nothing compared to what we have seen in the past five decades.
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