Climate Stripes updated for 2023 landmarks

Climate Stripes updated for 2023 landmarks

Climate Stripes

The iconic Climate Stripes graphic has been updated for 2023 and projected onto landmarks worldwide to mark Show Your Stripes Day. Developed by Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading, the graphic represents the change in average annual global temperatures since 1850. Red stripes indicate hotter years, while blue stripes signify cooler years, measured against the 1961-2010 average.

A new color was added to depict the record-breaking temperatures in 2023. Prof Hawkins expressed hope that the graphic would inspire conversations and action to mitigate global warming. We are continuing to burn fossil fuels and add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at an extremely fast rate,” he said.

Climate stripes on global landmarks

“That is causing global temperatures to rise, leading to more intense heatwaves and heavy rainfall events.”

The stripes were projected onto the BT Tower in London, Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, and bridges in Brisbane, Australia. They will also be displayed in the Tower of London, Times Square in New York City, and outside the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, before the Euro 2024 match between France and the Netherlands.

Professor Hawkins urged everyone to start conversations about the warming world and take climate action. “The faster we act, the less severe the climate consequences will be,” he said. The graphic aims to provide a visually intuitive understanding of climate change and highlight the urgency of addressing the issue.

As temperatures continue to rise, it serves as a reminder of the need for immediate action to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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