Climate Crisis: The Cliffs of Dover transform with the weather stripes



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Climate Crisis: The Cliffs of Dover transform with the weather stripes

The climate crisis and global warming are having serious effects on Britain. Recently, images have been released of the unstable cliff face in East Sussex overlooking the Channel having partially collapsed. Another recent case is that of the village of Hemsby on the east coast, where it was necessary to evacuate part of the population and the demolition of some houses at risk of falling into the sea due to coastal erosion.

To make people understand the damage caused by the climate crisis, the white cliffs of Dover, in the south of the United Kingdom, have been colored with the colors of the climate crisis, in the suggestive projection called climate stripes.

The University of Reading has transformed the limestone walls into a large screen to display the effects of global warming. This initiative, which is part of a campaign called Show Your Stripes, was born from an idea of Professor Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading and the National Center for Atmospheric Science.

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Climate Crisis: The Cliffs of Dover transform with the weather stripes

The representation of the increase in the Earth's temperature from 1880 to 2022.

The same team of researchers has also produced a series of extraordinary videos that visualize the dynamics of carbon dioxide emission and absorption in the different regions of the planet. The warming strips visually represent each country, region or city's average annual temperature changes over the past century and beyond.

Usually, the strips start around 1900 and end in 2022, but for some locations they start from the 19th or 18th century. This visual representation shows the increase in the Earth's temperature from 1880 to 2022. The same team of researchers has also produced a series of extraordinary videos that visualize the dynamics of carbon dioxide emission and absorption in different regions of the planet.

The cliffs have been digitally painted with vertical colored bars, which represent the effects of the climate crisis, with each stripe corresponding to the average temperature of a year compared to the average temperature of the entire period considered. Cool blue is on the left, while hot red is on the right.

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