My eye was caught by this video posted on Facebook yesterday – it seemed such a clear and graphic way of showing what’s happening to our climate. The increasing shades or orange and red as we race up to the present day clearly show the increasing temperatures across the world… and it doesn’t even include the scorching, record-breaking summer of 2018!
Click on the link to run the video and see what happens…
But then I took time to read people’s responses to the post (for once, it was all fairly sensible, with not too many rants) and I started to wonder just how accurate this eye-catching graphic was?
There were comments such as:
“Throughout history, previous climate changes happened over hundreds of thousands of years, not decades.”
“It is cyclical. In medieval times, the Thames froze over in the winter, and we had hot summers. In around 1700s, the same…”
“…it was appreciably colder in the late 1700’s and at the turn of the 20th century, with a warmer period in between. The Romans enjoyed an unusually warm few centuries and the ‘Dark Ages’ were caused in part by a bitter cold century.”
I also noticed that Great Britain is not listed in the countries featured… I know our weather is a bit strange… but did we have to be completely overlooked!? I believe our Met Office is one of the oldest, if not THE oldest, meteorological institutions in the world so we must have more accurate data than most countries.
I find it hard to believe that we are not responsible for causing global warming but, if you look at the history of the Earth as a 24hr clock, humans don’t even appear until 23 hours 58 minutes and 43 seconds! So our impact, although possibly significant, is only a tiny, tiny moment in the lifetime of this amazing planet. So let’s hope this data is not as damning as it seems…