Tag Archives: Global

Friends, it’s getting hotter: snapshots of the globe from 1850s till now

Ed Hawkins globe snapshots
Source: Ed Hawkins. Watch out – the full map is 10MB!
University of Reading, England scientist Ed Hawkins built this graphic of snapshots of the globe’s heat temperatures from the 1950s through today with a dataset from the
UK’s Met Office, which concerns itself with meteorology. It shows global warming trends quite clearly.

Additional information here and here.

Let’s change our ways and prevent the 6th global species extinction

globe in leaf in handsThe Guardian’s Jan Zalasiewizc covers the release of the paper last Friday by Gerardo Caballos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his team. They warn of an upcoming 6th global species extinction that differs from past extinctions (of dinosaurs, for example) only because it is voluntary rather than rooted in natural occurrences. Voluntary, as in man is choosing to create it.

The good news is that Caballos apparently thinks that man can still choose to stop this from happening. Pope Francis shares this view in the release of his encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home”.

We should remember that when we talk about the impending destruction of nature, we’re also talking about the destruction of people – because how can we survive without it? In short, we should pay close attention to sound advice being shared on how we can prevent this, and exercise extreme caution.