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Global Temperature Change, 1850-2016

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, May 9, 2016/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

Animation is a useful tool to illustrate "big data" such as global temperature measurements from 1850-2016. A graphic developed by Ed Hawkins, a climate researcher with the UK's University of Reading, features multi-colored temperatures spiraling out from mid-19th Century data to the present day. The graphic indicates the important boundary of 2C that is considered to be the level of increase not to be exceeded from CO2 concentrations. That was the temperature increase objective agreed to at the recent Paris climate negotiations. The interactive graphic also includes an aspirational goal of keeping the increase to 1.5C if national policies can rapidly be implemented to replace generated CO2 from fossil fuels with alternative resources. This temperature level probably is no longer a realistic option without massive changes in current energy use and behavior.




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