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  • Writer's pictureKyle Vath

Ohio's "Warming Stripes"

Happy New Year! So what are these beautiful and seemingly random stripes of color? These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in Ohio since 1895. Each stripe or bar represents the average temperature change each year.

In May 2016, to make visualizing climate change easier for the general public, University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins created an animated spiral graphic of global temperature change as a function of time, a representation said to have gone viral. On May 22, 2018, Hawkins published graphics constituting a chronologically ordered series of blue and red vertical stripes that he called "warming stripes".

According to the World Meteorological Association, the last 7 years (2015-2021) have all been the 7 warmest years globally since records began to be kept in 1850. Our care of God's creation is more important than ever as global temperature continue to rise. Watch a brief video about this phenomenon here.

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