Animation: Earth’s Carbon Cycle

May 22, 2019

Worth spending a little time with.

Blow this up to full screen and take it in. Visualizations have been a huge boon to scientists, and have opened up scientific concepts to a wider audience, allowing us to perceive things in a visual, rather than solely mathematical language.

Robert Rohde, the creator of the above, is, of course, a genius.

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4 Responses to “Animation: Earth’s Carbon Cycle”

  1. redskylite Says:

    Splendid visual for explaining the Carbon Imbalance – convincing if only politics and greed didn’t make some people blind.

    I attach this as clearly the people who prepared the this Canadian report, hope that people actually bother to read it. Maybe some smart visuals can get attention and explain better that the written word. Somehow science and knowledge has to break through the barrier of apathy and indifference.

    Canada’s Changing Climate Report: A call to action to reduce climate change risks

    Canada’s Changing Climate Report: A call to action to reduce climate change risks Government report urges citizen efforts now to minimize planet damages ‘today and for future generations.’

    The aim of the new governmental report isn’t just to be a reference for scientists and officials. Its creators hope every-day Canadian citizens will read it and learn more about climate change, referring back to it on what is happening around them.

    https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/05/canadas-changing-climate-report/

    and some food for thought from the BBC with anther short video.

    https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/climate-change-the-problem-with-the-enemy-narrativ/p079qlwd

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    WOW!! This is truly the work of a genius, and it’s going to take a LOT of time to examine fully. Graphic display of data is the best kind, and this provides almost too much at one time, even for those of us who are “junkies”

    The thing that stood out most in the first couple of viewings is the accelerating rate of usage of fossil fuels, particularly since around the late 1800’s and again from around 1970 onward. We go from a muzzle-loader to a breech loader to a bolt action to a semi-auto to a full auto in an eye blink—-we knew that, but this really brings it home.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I passed this on to my father’s mailing list, highlighting how much more informative it is than the fixed cartoon arrows in my childhood textbooks.

    I recommend changing the Playback Speed (either faster or slower) to appreciate the dynamics of the system.


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