07 Sep '12, 3pm

Our constantly warming summers, animated

Our constantly warming summers, animated

Our constantly warming summers, animated By Philip Bump James Hansen has been beating the “climate change is happening” drum so long that his arm must be getting tired. His recent declaration that he was over-optimistic in his famously pessimistic 1988 congressional testimony was based on scads of new data showing the extent to which the climate has already shifted. Shortly after his declaration, NASA (where Hansen acts as director of the Goddard Institute) released this video that demonstrates his points. Here’s how the average summer temperature in the Northern Hemisphere has shifted over time. The blog Marginal Revolution (where we stumbled onto this) describes what you’re seeing. The initial smooth distribution is based on data from 1950-1980. The video advances in yearly increments showing data for 10 year periods from 1950-1960 through to 2001-2011. As the data advan...

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