Arctic Warming Smashes NASA's Temperature Charts Arctic Warming Smashes NASA's Temperature Charts
The Planet

Arctic Warming Smashes NASA's Temperature Charts

by Ben Jervey

April 12, 2011

No hot pink. And a pretty odd scale on the legend. As Alexander writes, "The legend goes up in small, smooth steps: a range of 0.3 C, 0.5 C, 1 C, 2 C. Then, suddenly, 6 or 7 C." She also notes, "Since very few people examine the legend beyond recognizing that red is warm and blue is cold, the current legend seems sort of misleading. Am I the only one who feels this way?"

Nope, you're not. I totally agree. The rest of NASA is certainly going to have to adopt Hansen's new scales. Maybe someone will make a case for a better color, though?

Hat tip to Christopher Mims

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
Some recent articles by Ben Jervey:
Join the discussion
Recently on GOOD
Sign up to receive the best of GOOD delivered to your inbox each and every weekday
How to have a healthy, ethical Thanksgiving.
Arctic Warming Smashes NASA's Temperature Charts