Visualizing What’s Warming the Earth
Eric Roston and Blacki Migliozzi of Bloomberg Business have created a series of data visualizations that illustrate all of the potential contributing factors to Earth’s rising temperatures. The visualization charts the impact of natural factors, such as volcanic activity, alongside human factors, such as deforestation, dating back to 1880. The visualizations clearly demonstrate that natural factors—frequently pointed to by skeptics of manmade climate change—and even some human factors, have a negligible effect, if any, on global temperature averages, and that greenhouse gas emissions are undoubtedly the cause of the temperature increase. Each visualization uses data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which studies changes in the environment.