The Soundtrack of Climate Change

A college student uses music to depict rising temperatures from 1880 to 2012

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As people in the Midwest and the East Coast broil in blistering temperatures, they’re reminded of how it might relate to global warming. But rather than using big data to relay the effects of climate change, a University of Minnesota undergrad is illustrating the point with his cello.

Through a process referred to as data sonification, Daniel Crawford used global annual surface air temperature data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and converted it into a range of musical notes. The result, “A Song of Warming Our Planet,” is an ode to rising temperatures from 1880 to 2012, with each note marking a year in a powerful sequence that emphasizes an alarming escalation. The lower notes signify cooler periods while high notes indicate warmer years. Warmer temperatures begin to appear more frequently during the 1940s, culminating with higher, sharper and eerier notes throughout the 1990s and 200s.

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Indeed, according to data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 marked one of the 10 hottest years on record since 1850, with temperatures above average for a consecutive 36 years.

Crawford explained the idea is to create a new tool for scientists in conveying the need to address climate change. The video furthers the point by concluding  that scientists predict earth will warm up at least another 1.8 degrees celsius by the end of the century, which in data sonification would create a scale of notes beyond the range of human hearing.

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DavidNutzuki
DavidNutzuki

A real crisis needs a real warning for some real action on climate change because a "maybe" crisis is unsustainable. 

All science has to do to end this costly debate to save our planet is for them to say their own crisis is as real as they love to say comet hits are, as in eventual not just "likely". Science has never agreed it WILL be a crisis, only could be and might be and..

Find us one single IPCC warning of a catastrophic climate crisis that says it WILL happen and is not swimming in maybes. All science agreed on was that their own 28 year old "maybe" crisis "could be a crisis and science has NEVER said anything beyond "could be".

Prove me wrong! 

Science has agreed for 28 years now that climate change is "real and is happening and could cause a climate crisis." When science says something beyond "could be" we will have the deniers back on our side. 

Come on science, do it for your own  kids as well as ours?

JackWolf
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@DavidNutzuki From the kooks at the American Physical Society:

National Policy 07.1 CLIMATE CHANGE

(Adopted by Council on November 18, 2007)

Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.

The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.

If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.

These physicists say incontrovertible which to me sounds pretty strong.  So when I looked up the meaning I found this:

Adjective: Not able to be denied or disputed: "incontrovertible proof".

Synonyms: indisputable - incontestable - undeniable - irrefutable

What don't you understand?  Also note that since 2007, the evidence only gets stronger, so why bother to debate it with you.  The National Academy of Science is a good start for you in your quest for enlightenment about impacts.    They issued a report about it last year. 

DavidNutzuki
DavidNutzuki

Sorry but I'll take the word of a real scientist when they are certain this comet hit of an emergency is a real as they say comet hits are, not you.

How close to the point of no return from unstoppable warming will the scientists take us before they are certain? What has to happen for science to stop saying "maybe" and "could be"? I want an answer fear monger!