By Umair Irfan 
7 November 2017

(Vox) – Kevin Pluck has a cool hobby: turning climate trend data into stunning graphics.

The Manchester, England-based software engineer’s latest is an animated “barrel graph”comparing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature variations relative to the average between 1951 and 1980, drawing on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.

The mesmerizing animation on the right helps illustrate that even with seasonal and annual variation, the overall temperature trend is upward, with temperatures rising more than 0.5 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average. Meanwhile, the left-hand barrel graph shows atmospheric CO2 concentrations climbing unnervingly and steadily higher. “CO2 is just steadily growing and growing and growing,” Pluck said. “It’s so consistent and so frightening.”

Screenshot of the 'death slinky' animation by Kevin Pluck, showing CO₂ concentration and global mean temperature 1958 - present as a barrel graph. Graphic: Kevin Pluck

The new graphics have acquired affectionate nicknames on social media. “I saw ‘death slinky,’ which I thought was great,” Pluck said. [more]

This hypnotizing animation shows the incredible trend of global warming

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