Global Weirding

The unpredictable effects of climate change

You’ve probably heard of global warming or climate change. But the people at CICERO, the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research—Oslo, suggest that a better term might be Global Weirding. Why? Because climate change can produce a wide variety of strange (and dangerous) effects, from hotter high temperatures to colder cold spells to jellyfish clogging the pipes of a nuclear reactor.

The researchers have “remixed” the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, transforming the report’s thousand pages of information into this interactive visualization.

The Global Weirding site details projected effects of climate change based on three scenarios: one where we do nothing, one where we take moderate steps, and one where we go “all hands on deck” to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate.

You can change settings to display the results from different steps the world might take to deal with climate change. Slide the display to the right to advance into CICERO’s predictions for the future. What will that future be like? It’s up to us!

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