It’s getting hotter

We hear about things like “global warming” and “climate change” in the news and how if we don’t do something now, it’s going to be worse in the future. But some people will tell you the Earth isn’t getting warmer, as they can recall days and even months where it was cooler than usual. So the Earth can’t be warming right? WRONG!

Please follow this link to the NASA visualisation studio, they have fantastic animations, all with real data and real science: NASA visualisation studio

What i’m going to show you is a surface temperature anomaly map of Earth for 1900-1904 and then 2012-2016. Each image is a 5 year temperature average over the years stated, it is then compared to 1951-1980 average temperatures. So the first picture, you see a lot of blue, this means the Earth was cooler before the period of 1951-1980. Makes sense.

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1900-1904 temperature anomaly. Most of the globe is blue and this means global temperatures were cooler than the period of 1951-1980. Credit: NASA visualisation studio.

The second image is quite the contrast, it’s full of orange and red which represents a 2 degree Celsius increase in some localities, namely, the poles (arctic and Antarctic). This is exactly the effect predicted by climate models, increased greenhouse gas emissions will amplify the greenhouse effect and warm the planet. The low latitudes won’t feel much at first, but the poles will suffer big time, 2 degrees warming in the poles can lead to catastrophic ice shelf melting, the release of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, acidifying the oceans and causing sea level rise.   

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This globe is covered in orange and red, the poles have experienced 2 degrees of warming in about 40 years. Credit: NASA visualisation studio.

 

You will not see clearer evidence in your life with respect to global warming. This is real and is happening right now. Don’t be fooled by a cooler day or month, the seasons are controlled by astronomical cycles which we understand very well. These cycles cause short-term fluctuations, but the temperature trend is still going up. If you want more information about climate change, you can freely access the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports via this link: IPCC assessment reports

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Don’t be drawn-in by con-artists suggesting that the IPCC and NASA fake their data, it’s a ridiculous and clearly uninformed opinion which is severely halting progress when it comes to climate change. Science strives to understand how the universe and world works, people who suggest science is attempting to falsify climate data generally have vested interests in non-renewable energy sources.

Click here to go to NASA’s global climate change page where you can learn all about climate change, what it means and how you can do your part to help. Heck you can even download NASA’s data if you don’t believe it! You can make the plots yourself in excel!

I can guarantee you that if you take the time to read through these resources, you will be convinced of climate change. We can’t hide from this reality, but we can do something to make it better.

 

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