A 166-year history in 16 seconds
11 May 2016, Chris D'Angelo, huffingtonpost.com
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.
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.
“The pace of change is immediately obvious, especially over the past few decades,” he writes. “The relationship between current global temperatures and the internationally discussed target limits are also clear without much complex interpretation needed.”
Particularly unsettling is the drastic temperature jump witnessed in the second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year. Many climatologists say that the 2 degrees Celsius threshold is a best case scenario that would still result in drastic impacts to the planet.