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On June 21, 2021, the summer solstice/then, meteorologists and climatologists from around the world have launched the Show Your Stripes campaign with the aim of highlighting the urgent need to act on climate change. 

A number of international initiatives are scheduled for 2021, including the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Food Systems Summit, which will determine whether countries can make commitments to climate change action to avoid the worst impacts, such as frequent extreme weather events like droughts, floods and storms. The campaign will be launched by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The campaign, spearheaded by Prof. Ed Hawkins of the University of Reading in the UK, one of the authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, proposed the creation of warming stripes graphics showing the average temperature trends over the past 100 years for each country.

For many countries and regions, the stripes show a transition from blue to red as they approach recent years, reflecting rising temperatures. In 2020, the world will be in the top three hottest years on record, with temperatures 1.2°C higher than the pre-industrial revolution.

The most dramatic change is seen in the Arctic Ocean, which is warming twice as fast as the global average (take a look by selecting Ocean—> Arctic Ocean—> Bar Chart in the dashboard here).

The goal of this project is to provide information about climate change to the general public, and people are encouraged to download the dashboard of the countries and regions they are interested in from this dashboard and spread the information through social media.
 

Reference

WMO. Warming stripes show that climate change is here and now, June 21, 2021. https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/warming-stripes-show-climate-chang…;

Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Director, Information Program)