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New ‘warming stripes’ show urgency of climate action

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A new set of visualisations which show the long term rise in temperatures and the urgency of climate action have been published this week by University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins.
The ‘warming stripes’, which each represent the temperature of a single year, show how global temperatures (above) have seen an increase in temperature of 1.35°C since 1850.
UK, US and Canadian visualisations (below) also show how temperatures were cooler when greenhouse gas concentrations were far lower, but have risen to  record breaking averages in recent years
The scientist’s first visualisation, which showed how global monthly temperatures have been increasing spiralling outwards with increased acceleration between 1850 and 2016, went viral, receiving over 15,000 retweets.
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