Global warming visual aids

January 10, 2007 at 6:55 am | Posted in Climate, Climate challenge, Climate change, Environment, Global warming, IPCC, Science, Science Education, Visual Spatial | 2 Comments

Monday 25 June 2007 update: there are useful images on the IPCC site here:

IPCC Presentations & Graphics

but they are not the most up-to-date (at least at my time of writing) because many are from the IPCC Third Assessment Report of 2001. You want the IPCC AR4 2007 images, as in my post here which adds to the graphics below with more details released by the IPCC in February 2007. I have added SPM-1, SPM-2, SPM3, and SPM-4 and would like to draw your attention to SPM-4 in particular, as it highlights the contribution of humans to global warming. Furthermore, SPM-4 shows why some scientists have defined a new period in the history of our planet: Anthropocene, wherein humans for the first time have an effect on the environment of our planet as a whole in terms of climate and ecosystems.

1976 to 2000

Once again, this cartographic representation of Annual Temperature Trends (1976 to 2000) and the two graphs below showing Variations of the Earth’s surface temperature (global: past 140 years and Northern Hemisphere: past 1000 years) by the IPCC, are ones I would recommend to any poor souls who still hang on to the ungrounded belief that global warming is media hype:

1976 to 2000

Original large image is here:

IPCC Variations of the Earth’s surface temperature: 140 years global, 1000 years Northern Hemisphere

Original large image is here:

Both charts on global warming are from this excellent page full of great IPCC graphics:



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  1. Because of the fact that our Science Fair assignment involves climate change and if it correlates to increasing amounts of violence worldwide, I was wondering if you might have any information on our subject. Any charts, graphs, etc. would be helpful towards our understanding.


  2. Hello sam, thanks for your enquiry. Let me see what I can find. You might have to wait until Monday, though. I had a quick skim through CNAS Age of Consequences and some reports from Tyndall Centre, but they are full of text, with a few stunning photographs in the CNAS suitable for a glossy brochure.
    I shall look through the IPCC graphs to see whether there are any visuals that will help you.
    Meanwhile, if anyone else has tips for sam, please send them in!

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