Ever want to know: how much carbon has been released into the atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution?
Or, how much more carbon (in gigatons) we can “safely” release?
Or, how much carbon is yet to be released?
Or, how far (or close) we are from various climate change benchmarks and/or tipping points?
What about the impacts of this carbon release on sea level increases, storm severity, precipitation rates, crop yields or even species extinction rates?
Well, here now you can slake your thirst for easy to understand climate data with a range of climate impact answers/info all in one easy-to-grok infographic (see below) courtesy of the data visualization folks at Informationisbeautiful.net and the Air Policy Instruments and Program Design Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment. That’s Ontario as in CANADA, being as it is on the “front lines” of climate change with its geographic proximity to the Arctic, a region which is experiencing climate impacts at roughly twice the rate as the rest of the world.
Feast your eyes and mind, and get informed!
Michael Ricciardi is a well-published writer of science/nature/technology articles and essays, poetry and short fiction. Michael has interviewed dozen of scientists from many scientific fields, including Brain Greene, Paul Steinhardt, and Nobel Laureate Ilya Progogine (deceased). Michael was trained as a naturalist and taught ecology and natural science on Cape Cod, Mass. from 1986-1991. His first arts grant was for production of the environmental (video) documentary 'The Jones River - A Natural History', 1987-88 (Kingston, Mass.). Michael is also an award winning, internationally screened video artist. Two of his more recent short videos; 'A Time of Water Bountiful' and 'My Name is HAM' (an "imagined memoir" about the first chimp in space), and several other short videos, can be viewed on his website (http://www.chaosmosis.net). Michael currently lives in Seattle, Washington.