Spotlight on a Warming World

The climate stripes data visualisation, created by University of Reading Professor Ed Hawkins, show the global average temperature for every year since 1850 in the form of coloured stripes. Shades of blue represent cooler years and red, warmer years.

People will be able to take a trip through time to see how global temperatures are changing. At the push of a button different points in history will be lit up with spotlights to show how temperatures are changing over time.

This activity will help you to learn that:

  • people have an influence on global temperatures
  • as time moves to the present, these effects are more pronounced
  • there might be variation but a general trend is clear

You can create a customized version of the climate stripes for your area at the Show Your Stripes website.

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