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Watch 63 Years of Global Warming in 14 Seconds

Updated to include 2013, this iconic animation from our friends at NASA depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of the temperature trend in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect on the climate, and thus were masking some of the global warming signal.

The data come from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York (GISS), which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, “All 10 of the warmest years in the GISS analysis have occurred since 1998, continuing a trend of temperatures well above the mid-20th century average."

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By Jacob (Princeton, NJ)
on February 11th, 2014

The issue of Climate Change is significant in many ways. A great majority of people do not realize that this info graphic represents the very beginning of what is yet to come. Some of the reasons you support climate action might be safety, ecological sustainability, and simple cost benefit analysis. The one thing I know for sure is that among those who are in the know about climate change, the debate is not one over whether to require near term emissions reductions, but by how much.

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