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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Mathematics

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 23 seconds, CC
  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

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  • This interactive tool displays changes in air temperature, alterations in global precipitation, wind speed, and solar radiation worldwide from 1950 to 2022, and shifts in CO2 emissions around the globe from 1960 to 2021.
  • Students will learn that most countries are warmer now than in 1950, global precipitation patterns have shifted noticeably since 1950, and many countries have dramatically increased their CO2 emissions since 1960.
Teaching Tips


  • This tool provides innumerable data, including annual, seasonal, monthly, and daily sections for global and national information.
  • A video is available to give instructions and provides a practical demonstration for students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An instructional video is attached to this interactive tool.
  • For CO2 emissions, this tool only provides the annual emissions of individual countries.
  • Teachers can download the data as a spreadsheet.
  • It may benefit students to go over the labels and units of measurement before they do any independent exploration.


  • This interactive tool can supplement a classroom activity where students investigate continental/sub-continental differences in CO2 emissions.
  • Teachers can use this interactive tool to create free-response questions about climate variable changes in America since 1950.
  • This interactive tool can augment a lesson on the connection between CO2 emissions and changes in the Earth's climate.
  • This interactive tool pairs well with the resource titled CFR Education: Who Releases the Most Greenhouse Gasses? for further exploration on emissions from country to country.
  • Have students practice using the tool's features by giving them a series of questions to find. For example, students can use the precipitation filter and time slider to answer the question, "How many mm/year of precipitation did Greenland receive in 1967?"
  • Students in language arts classes can use this tool to gather evidence to support informative or persuasive pieces of writing about climate change.
Scientist Notes
This excellent visualization tool combines observed data, reanalysis data, and climate projections. The information comes from top-quality datasets that are used across academic journals. The only information not immediately available was which CMIP6 models were used for the calculations.

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