A picture of climate change is worth 1,000 words

As a science writer, I’m constantly battling against those occasions on which words fail me. Perhaps I don’t explain an idea clearly enough, or maybe I just can’t figure out what to say. Well, over 100 blog entries into Simple Climate, I’m actually going to (kind of) shut up for once. Throughout the year there I’ve been able to include some great illustrations explaining climate change, from how it works to the temperature changes we’ve gone through. This week I’m rounding some of them up here, along with some other diagrams I thought were powerful that I haven’t included before. Have a look – I hope they get your thought processes going as much as the normal entries do.

This is my attempt for a simple diagrammatic explanation of climate change. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat from the sun in our atmosphere. We need this: if it didn't happen it would be too cold to live on earth. However, because we're pumping so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere - mainly CO2 from burning fossil fuels - it's warming up more than it would normally.

This is my attempt for a simple diagrammatic explanation of climate change. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat from the sun in our atmosphere. We need this: if it didn’t happen it would be too cold to live on earth. However, because we’re pumping so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere – mainly CO2 from burning fossil fuels – it’s warming up more than it would normally.

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