Watch A Century Of Global Warming In Less Than 30 Seconds

2011 was the ninth warmest year on record since the 1800′s, meaning that the 21st century already contains nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York released a visual analysis of how temperatures around the globe in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience higher temperatures than several decades ago.

“We know the planet is absorbing more energy than it is emitting,” said GISS director James E. Hansen. “So we are continuing to see a trend toward higher temperatures. Even with the cooling effects of a strong La Nina influence and low solar activity for the past several years, 2011 was one of the 10 warmest years on record.”

In the time-lapse animation below, watch as temperatures flare and then wane during periods of global development. Then watch as the entire map clouds with red during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Reminds me of that folk tale about the frog and boiling pot of water

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Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Center


David N.
David N6 years ago

Thank for the video.

Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

Whoa! Are you paying attention skeptics?

Past Member 6 years ago

While we argue over empirical reality that global climate change is both a fact, AND to a significant degree a product of human activity with lunatics, sociopaths, misanthropes and sadists who claim otherwise, here is one more issue that is very much related -- and is also incontrovertible: the acidification of the Earth's surface waters, in particular her oceans:

"British scientist warns AAAS of the threat posed by ocean acidification," 20 Feb 2012 -- & "Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers," 18 Feb 2012 -- .

Be sure to ask these galactically stupid and deranged -- if not outright insane -- cretins what they plan to eat after the oceans' food chains collapse (just imagine Limbaugh, et al, as vegetarians...).

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Mary Marchetti
Mary Marchetti6 years ago

If it wasn't so scary, it would be beautiful to watch.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin6 years ago

Global Warming
Global warming is real, and humans are causing it with environmental destruction, and pollution. This is a FACT.

“But Andrew, volcanoes put out more pollution than human made pollution sources. Derp Derp Herp Derp.”

All of our lives are at stake, and we cannot continue to lend credence to such dumb statements by repeating them.

Volcanoes, and other sources of “natural pollution,” are not pollution. They are a part of nature’s regular cycle that has been going on for millions of years that has already been accounted for, and adjustments made to accommodate it. That is why volcanoes can erupt without killing everything on the planet.

Human environmental destruction, and pollution is not accounted for, or accommodated by nature. Not only because it has not happened over millions of years, but because of the scope and volume of it.

Pollution is not comparative.

It is additive.

2 0 = 2 (Natural Cycle)

2 2 = 4 (Natural Cycle Human Impact)

Our planet is dying, and we will die too if we don’t do something about it.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Interesting article - thanks for posting.

Berny P.
berny p6 years ago

Incredible how many people are still insisting there is no global warming, in spite of overwhelming evidence and documentation like this.

Our climate has already changed!

It's not some future event


Myron Scott
Myron Scott6 years ago

You cannot currently send a star to Susan because you have done so within the last week.

Nicholas L.
Nicholas L6 years ago

David R. That is not a reliable source, read up on the two people involved. and look closely at the chart. It is not a reliable graph 57F is the baseline and there are only two other points where the temperature is even labeled. One is 58F and the other is 54F.