Trying to have any meaningful discussion about the climate change crisis with someone who rejects mainstream science is a recipe for frustration.
And with a president-elect who has said climate change is “bullshit” and a “hoax,” it’s likely many family holiday celebrations this year will include unproductive and, shall we say, spirited banter.
“Climate change is here and humans are the cause!” you might shout. “Just look at the rising seas, extreme weather, blistering global temperatures …”
To which your Uncle Eddie may snap, “It’s the sun,” or, “Actually, young whippersnapper, the planet is cooling.”
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some powerful and sobering climate visuals that will do the talking for you. This isn’t a blessing to go looking for trouble only a way out of it should it arise.
If your climate-denying relatives still aren’t convinced, walk away slowly and focus your attention on the leftover stuffing.
Created byEd Hawkins
, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, this GIF depictsglobal temperatures steadily risingover the past 166 years. 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 in December.
A monthly analysis by NASA scientists found August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record keeping
. The global temperature that monthwas 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August, in 2014, and 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951to 1980, according to NASA.
This graphic by climate scientist Ed Hawkins shows 167 maps of temperature change from 1850 to 2016.
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