What’s Really Warming Up Our Planet? NASA – SVS (2015)

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) produced yet another visual to show how industrial and natural factors have been contributing to the global warming. These factors are wobbling of Earth’s axis, solar activity, volcanoes, land use, ozone pollution, aerosol pollution, greenhouse gases and their combined effects. The case is rather clear. Combined effects of man made factors follow the trajectory of warming closely. Since 1880 our planet warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit and continues to increase.

The atmospheric carbon concentration has passed 400 ppm in spring of 2014 a level not experienced by our planet for millions of years. In fact, you can check the most up to date atmospheric CO2 reading from Hawaii yourself.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released results of future temperature and precipitation simulations based on four different atmospheric carbon concentrations.

Increase in atmospheric CO2 brings another global problem called Ocean Acidification which will affect fisheries by disrupting the very base of the food-webs. Increasing acidity makes it corrosive dissolving the calcium shells of marine organisms.

This visual was published in Bloomberg as an interactive infographic.

 

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