The New York Times has opened a website where it is possible to see climate change and the effect it has had on the temperatures of our cities.
Climate change is already a reality accepted even by the most cynical; but it may be too late, and we have passed the point of “no return” a while ago. The measures contemplated by the international community such as the historic Paris agreement have lost support, especially in the US governed by Donald Trump.
Probably the great problem of climate change is that it is difficult to raise awareness about the great difference it implies; after all, humans are especially famous for our selective memory. Many people say that “there have always been hot days,” and joke about “global warming” when it snows; However, we must emphasize that it is called “global” for something.
The web to see the climate change in your city
It is a phenomenon that affects the whole planet, and it is easy to lose perspective of everything, and simply to think that “in summer it is always hot, I do not know what people complain about”. But does it really make the same heat? Only the raw data can indicate the difference.
Now a tool launched by The New York Times can help us visualize that data; and to have a new perspective on this problem. It is a very simple website, which shows the temperature difference in our city with respect to the day in which we were born; That is a reference that everyone has.
The website is very easy to use. We just have to enter the name of our city where it says “Your hometown”; the autocomplete will show us the cities present in the database. Despite being from the New York Times, there are cities around the world.
Next, in “Birth Year” we select the year in which we were born. Now we only have to scroll, and the different data will be shown to us.
To begin with, we will be shown the number of days per year in which it was “hot”, the year of our birth. In the case of Barcelona, my hometown, the 32 degrees were exceeded for 3 days per year. We scroll dow, and we will see how the graph is completed to the present days; in Barcelona, for an average of 9 days a year, 32 degrees are exceeded.
Global warming seems inevitable
As you can see in the graph, growth does not occur every year (some years are worse than others) but it is evident.
In addition, the page also shows us a forecast of the future, based on current models; especially, it focuses on the temperature it will make when we are 80 years old. In 2064 in Madrid, it is expected that there will be 76 very hot days; but they could even turn out to be 94 days a year in the worst case.
Next, a text is generated from these data, in addition to a global map of temperatures, including the areas where worse evolutions are expected.