Our Planet Is One Big Fireball
The Earth’s climate is changing before our eyes.
With record-breaking temperatures around the globe, satellite images reveal our planet to be a massive fireball — making the effects of climate change hard to ignore.
The map from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer shows Tuesday’s forecasted average air temperature when measured from six feet above sea level. The temperature projections were generated using the NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS) model, which is the National Weather Service’s primary forecasting model.
The disturbing data displayed on the map is not a one-off occurrence. Since the beginning of June, temperature records have been set across the Northern Hemisphere.
On Tuesday, for example, the mercury hit 106 degrees in Japan, which is the country’s highest ever recorded temperature. The heat wave has killed at least 44 people.
According to the Washington Post, Japan is not alone:
In England, meanwhile, a heat wave has gotten so bad that much of the country has turned from lush green to parched brown, revealing long-hidden historical sites.
Even more disturbing, a new Stanford University study found a connection between global warming and suicide, suggesting more people may take drastic measures as the mercury climbs.