15 second timelapse video from NASA shows 60 years of rising temperatures

This video from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, shows a running five-year average global temperature, as compared to a baseline average global temperature from 1951-1980. Yellow, on the map, indicates the average being reached while orange and red indicate that the average has been exceeded. According to NASA 2013 tied for the seventh warmest of any year on record. the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000.

I look at people who still deny climate change in much the same way I look at people who think they've found bigfoot or who sue NASA for failing to investigate alien life, at the same time I know that realistically, we aren't going to do anything about it.

The first real warnings about climate change came in the 1960s and we have repeatedly chosen to do nothing. Leaders who run on fixing climate change generally do not get elected and, even if they did, most voters would not like the solutions. If we were being realistic we'd have to talk about things like banning personal automobiles, having intentional blackouts at certain times of the day/night, dramatically increasing the price of energy, putting heavy restrictions on boat and airplane travel and shipping and banning the import of certain items with a large carbon footprint.

Even now, when we talk about reductions in greenhouse gasses we generally talk about reducing the amount of increase, not reducing the amount of output. At the same time the developing world is, well ... developing and is rapidly increasing the output of harmful emissions. If we were actually going to reverse it, it would take drastic measures. Contrary to popular belief even things like electric cars aren't going to have a substantial impact. To make matters worse, as the arctic melts massive amounts of methane will be released which will make any reductions we have made amount to nothing.

Geoengineering offers some home, maybe the only real hope, of curbing warming. There is, however, understandable reluctance to engage in an activity that will have a profound impact on our climate without fully understanding what the impact will be. To attempt such fixes today would be a roll of the dice with our environment.

So, chances are we will lose New York, New Orleans, Miami, and other cities and geographic areas to the sea. What we really need to be talking about is how we'll deal with the effects of climate change.
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