10.23.2018

Is The World Really Getting Warmer?

Playing on the gap between real and perceived temperature, the New York Times created an interactive game helping us get firsthand what global warming means

  • Is The World Really Getting Warmer?

Some like it hot, but not the Earth. While thousands of scientists are working on climate change and the progressive increase in the average temperature of the planet generated by the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the air, The New York Timeshas created a small online simulatorthat allows anyone to get an idea of the actual heat increase in any city of the world.
 
The idea is to take your hometown as a parameterand to use the simulator to check if the temperatures have truly changed as compared to when you were younger. What did you wear on your first day of school? A sweater or a T-shirt? What do children wear today?All you need to do is fill in your place and date of birth and you will find out the average number of days when the temperature exceeded 32 degrees.
 
The system also provides the current average number of days with temperature above 32 degreesand predicts how many warm days there will be on your 80th birthday, based on a range between the best and the worst chance. For instance, in 1975 the city of Rome had an average of 7 days a year with a temperature above 32 °. Today there are 30, in 2055 there are bound to be 80.
 
This amazing tool byThe New York Timesis a simple and intuitive way to understand how a global phenomenon has tangible consequences. Summer 2018 has been particularly hot throughout Northern Europe, with around 30 degrees in London and 28 degrees in Ireland and Scotland. Spain had 40 degrees even in the northern regions, while the Mediterranean area was affected by particularly intense and frequent meteorological phenomena. 
 
That seems to confirm the report published on September 27 by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. The result of 6 years of work by a pool of 209 scientists and 1500 experts, the report stated that it is now basically impossible to avoid the negative consequences of global warmingon the Earth’s climate, despite the numerous (and mostly disregarded) international agreements.
 
This is all because of us, and we have the tools to limit the damage. Until the pre-industrial era, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was around 280 particles per million; less than two centuries later, there are over 400 particles per million with an average annual increase of 2 particles per million, and we run the actual risk of overcoming the critical threshold of 421 particles per million within 10 years.
 
The temperature increase of planet Earth is estimated between 1.7 ° and 4 °, the limit that should not be exceeded is 2 °: today, the pool of scientists working on these issues is no longer required to understand if that threshold will be passed, but when and but how to limit the consequences.
 
For our planet this would not be the first revolution, but this time there are billions of human beings involved. So what should we do? Drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop deforestation, improve energy efficiency, maximize the use of renewable sources, and change our lifestyle by changing our consumption model. Not only can all of this be done -it must be done. Now.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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