Many of you probably saw the temperature spiral created by Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading. Here, I have created my own plot to show the dramatic changes happening to the Earth’s climate. Starting from publicly available data provided by NASA, I have plotted the monthly temperature anomalies for a number of years: 1931, 1967, 2003, 2105, and 2106.
My father was born in 1931 and worked with agriculture all his life. To him, it is obvious that the climate has changed dramatically during his lifetime. I was born in 1967 in a climate fairly similar to that of my father. In 2003, Europe witnessed a massive heat wave, killing up to 70’000 people. The hottest year on record was 2015 but it will soon be replaced by 2016. As Jimmy Kimmel put it: “We know that we have a problem when every year is the warmest year on record”.
In other words, the climate is changing, it is changing fast, and it is changing now. The problem is that humanity still depends on fossil fuels for 86% of its energy supply. Renewables only account for 2.2% (source BP Statistical Review of World Energy)
Despite all positive developments in the area of renewable energy, the rate of change is still far too slow. This is why a global fee or tax is necessary.