Is this the best way yet to tell the global warming story?

(Eco Business, 22 Jun 2019) A British professor has come up with a novel way to show how the world has warmed over the past century. ‘Climate stripes’ shows our planet’s warming story in one simple graphic.

One of the biggest problems with global warming has been the failure of science to communicate to ordinary people that it is actually happening, let alone what can be done about it.

But a professor from the United Kingdom has come up with a way to show global warming in a single, powerful image.

“Climate Stripes” is a colour coded visualisation of our warming planet from the year 1901 to 2018. Data on the website Show Your Stripes enables people to see how their own countries have warmed over the last century or so. They can download the image, which has been printed by fans of the site on garments from t-shirts and dresses to ties and hoodies.

The colour blue represents cooler years and red warmer years, on a chart that shows how dramatically the world has heated up over time, with warming having accelerated in recent years in line with rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Here is the how the world has warmed over the last century or so.

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Eco Business, 22 Jun 2019: Is this the best way yet to tell the global warming story?