Now you can track the inexorable progress of climate change on Twitter

Walked by the Atlantic this morning with my honey. Lots of fishermen — and one woman — catching foot-long pompano. Came across one carcass bitten cleanly in half so obviously where there are big schools of pompano there will be some hungry sharks. Nature is neither cruel or kind, but she is certainly consistent. This lastest item from Grist about tracking global warming data comes to us courtesy Twitter. It isn’t good news, but then it really isn’t news at all. Just Nature’s feedback to us what we have dumped and continue to dump on her.


In 1958, Charles Keeling began measuring the the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Decades later, scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory are still measuring, creating “the world’s longest unbroken record” of that data. They’re the ones responsible for the upkeep of this famous graph:


It must be kind of terrifying to track carbon concentrations on a daily basis as they tick slowly upwards. And sometimes when you’re watching something depressing, you just have to share it. So the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is in charge of the research, is posting the daily measurements on Twitter, so we can see the concentrations rise and fall with the seasons — while, over the course of years, getting worse and worse and worse.

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