Source: Mina Lee

The dog days of summer were particularly dogged this year. July clocked in as the hottest month on record, marking the midpoint of what is likely to be the hottest year on record. With sweltering temperatures came a litany of crummy climate news — floods in Louisiana, Zika in Miami, searing heat waves across the Northeast — with dire implications for human health.

Read more: Four infographics that show how climate change is affecting your health: From carbon to coffin


Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps.

Alone, they each tell the story of whether a year was mostly hot or mostly cold or mostly average. Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed since the 1850s, including the rapid rise over the past three decades.

These maps show how much the planet has warmed every year since 1850. It's really worth viewing this large (clicking that link will open a 10 MB file).

Read more: 167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change



Agriculture is placing the biggest demands on water in Asia and the Pacific, as rising populations, rapid urbanization, and energy, industrial, and domestic use have left water stocks in a critical state.

Read more: Agriculture Placing Huge Demands on Water: Asia's Thirst for Food


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