It took only 55 seconds for Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg to make her opening statement before a US Congress hearing on September the 18th. The message from the 16-year-old was short and crisp. In lieu of a prepared testimony, she said she was submitting a special IPCC report on global warming. “I don’t want you to listen to me,” she explained. “I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind that science — and then I want you to take real action. Thank you.”
The report Ms. Thunberg submitted was from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It paints a grim picture of a world that is 1.5 °C warmer than pre-industrial levels and outlines what needs to be done. The full report and graphics can be found here.
Not everyone will have the patience to go through the report. For such individuals, the following abbreviated infographic from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) should give a glimpse of one aspect of global warming: the rise in sea levels. The complete, full resolution infographic can be viewed and downloaded here.
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