Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chris D'Angelo - Sobering GIF Shows Earth’s Climate Spiraling Toward The Brink

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this 16-second animation that a European scientist developed is a lengthy and well-sourced climate history book. Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, posted to Twitter on Monday a GIF depicting global temperatures steadily spiraling upward over the past 166 years.

The colorful infographic is simple, gripping and alarming. As the planet warms, the line corkscrews outward, inching closer to the 1.5 degree Celsius aspirational warming limit agreed to during the historic climate change agreement in Paris last December. See gif: