Strategies of Communication on Climate Change

Monday, August 19, 2013

Climate change: the hot truth

Immage da WMO, via "Effetto Cassandra". H/t "Mondi Fluttuanti"

The above is a very simple and effective image. In a single and easy to read graph, it completely debunks the legend that "global warming has stopped." Decadal averages remove the short term yearly noise and show the hot truth.

If there is any justice in the world, this image should go viral, but - as it always happens - it is the wrong meme that goes viral; the one that says that global warming has stopped.

Maybe the readers of this blog would try to give a "viral push" to this image? See if you can share it to your friends, to your social networks and the like. Let's see if we can move things a little bit....


1 comment:

  1. I don't know how accurate the bar measurements for the bar chart are, but if one extrapolates out an additional 3 years (since we are now in 2013) from the 2001-2010 bar on the far right, (without also taking into account the seeming acceleration for the increases over the last three bars) it means we are probably at an average temperature of 14.7 which is 1 degree (and not the commonly stated 0.8 degrees) higher than for the period 1881 -1890. And "pre-industrial times" probably should be considered to be before 1750 rather than before 1880. So how much higher than pre-industrial times are we actually? (without even mentioning that one thing is an overall average for the whole earth, and another is the average temperature for particular areas, such as the Arctic....whose temperatures have increased far more than the overall average ....and which is something that can make a huge difference to the future rate of warming) (both because of less reflecting ice and more absorbing blue sea and also because of possible methane releases)