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Climate Change Stripes

Climate Change Stripes

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, June 22, 2018/Categories: space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

     Visual color scale representing changes in global temperature measurements, 1850-2017 (credit: Ed Hawkins)

Research meteorologist Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading in England has developed a visual way of representing climate data. Hawkins had previously created a time-line of global temperature data from 1850 as an animation.

As the American Geophysical Union (the AGU) recently declared:

there are only three things that affect the Earth’s temperature: incoming solar radiation; the reflectivity (albedo) of the planet (or how much incoming energy gets immediately reflected back into space, sometimes influenced by volcanoes, ice sheets, or air pollution that can occasionally cool the planet); and greenhouse gases.

What if your nightly 'weather-tainers' wore one of Hawkins' 'climate stripes' as lapel pin as they read the weather report?

     Ed Hawkins Climate Lapel Pin (credit: the AGU)

The data is in the visuals and Hawkins 'climate stripes' could soon be seen everywhere.



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