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Watch the 60-year progression of climate change in 15 seconds

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How much impact has global warming had on the environment within the last 60 years? Find out in 15 seconds.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has released a report based on 60 years of temperature analysis recorded from 1,000 meteorological stations worldwide. 

Long, drawn out reports crammed full of statistics can often make your eyes glaze over, so as a summary for the report's findings that 2013 was one of the warmest years on record -- "continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures" thanks to man-made emissions -- the video below may be a more palatable alternative.

The changing colors reflect the changes in temperature worldwide. NASA scientists say that 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, and with the exception of 1998, the ten warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000 -- with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record.

"Long-term trends in surface temperatures are unusual and 2013 adds to the evidence for ongoing climate change," GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt said. "While one year or one season can be affected by random weather events, this analysis shows the necessity for continued, long-term monitoring."

The average temperature in 2013 was 14.6 Celsius, which scientists say is 0.6 C warmer than the year 2000. NASA says that "driven by increasing man-made emissions, the level of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere presently is higher than at any time in the last 800,000 years."

To check out the full report, click here (.pdf). 

Via: Fast Co.Exist

Image credit: NASA

— By on January 29, 2014, 5:19 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure