These 8 Sites Help Visualize the Horrors of Climate Change

Shubham Agarwal 09-10-2019

The Earth is burning up. Polar bears are flocking to cities in hunt of food. The Amazon rainforest, which plays a pivotal role in maintaining our environment’s health, is on fire.


We’re unequivocally in a climate crisis. But it can be difficult to put such matters into perspective from the comfort of your home.

Therefore, if you’re still not convinced or you would like to understand how awful the situation is now, here are a bunch of websites to visualize the devastating effects of global warming and climate change.

1. NASA’s Global Climate Change Tool

Visualize climate change with NASA tool

NASA offers an exhaustive tool for exploring how global warming is transforming the planet.

The site hosts a treasure trove of real-time climatic data. It lets you easily visualize all that information through powerful and interactive graphics. On the home page, you’ll also find quick charts detailing the levels of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide, global temperature, sea levels, and more.


Climate Time Machine is one such app. As the name suggests, the visualization allows you to understand the differences between the amount of sea ice, carbon dioxide, sea level, and global temperatures today and years ago. You can manually adjust the slider and view the changes on the map.

Similarly, there’s Earth Now, a 3D interactive web app which puts the live data from every NASA satellite at your disposal. You can animate the information by moving a slider to a custom time period and watch variations in the ozone layer, carbon dioxide levels, and others change over time.

2. Shame Plane

Check flight carbon emission with Shame Plane app

We don’t think about an airplane’s carbon emissions when we board a flight. But we should as air travel is one of the most environmentally damaging activities. It consumes an incredibly high quantity of fossil fuels and releases harmful gases in the atmosphere.


A site called Shame Plane helps you grasp how destructive any flight will be to the environment. You can specify the origin and destination and Shame Plane will tell you the route’s impact in a meaningful format.

So a round trip from New York to Los Angeles will result in the loss of 12.3 metric square of Arctic Ice. On top of that, you can learn the number of lifestyle alterations you will have to implement in order to compensate for a flight’s carbon emissions Carbon Offsetting Flights: How You Can Help Save the World Do you want to reduce carbon emissions the next time you take a trip on a plane? These sites help to carbon offset your flights. Read More .

For New York to Los Angeles, even if you recycle, go vegetarian, live car-free for a year, you will still fall short. In addition, you’ll find details on how a trip stacks up against your yearly carbon emission allowance as per the Paris Agreement.

3. EarthTime’s Sea Level Rise Predictor

Visualize rising sea levels with Earthtime


If ocean levels continue to rise, cities situated on the banks of oceans and seas are at the risk of being flooded.

EarthTime animates these predictions and shows you what exactly will happen to them when the temperatures hit a certain threshold. On the map, you will be able to see which areas will be submerged underwater and their at-risk population.

EarthTime has several other stories you can browse and look into.

4. The Point Of No Return

Learn about climate change with The Point of No Return


This handy website gets you up to speed with climate change’s consequences and the actions or initiatives taken to combat them so far.

Called The Point Of No Return, the project cleverly lays out the phenomenon’s timeline through charts, infographics, and interactive elements. It showcases information on contributions and funds allocated by various countries.

Plus, the site briefs you on the annual Conference of Parties (COP) reports. They provide a rundown of the themes, programs, and duties each nation has discussed and accepted.

5. ShowYourStripes

Create climate change wallpaper with ShowYourStripes

ShowYourStripes can produce a striped pattern based on a country’s average temperature in the last two centuries. It assigns a color between blue and red to a specific year depending on the place’s climate at that time.

Once all the periods are evaluated, the app stitches them together and generates the picture. Instead of picking one country, you can also set the region to Global.

The image has a resolution close to 4K and there’s a direct Download Image button. Therefore, you can even set it as your device’s backdrop or print it as a poster.

6. National Geographic

NatGeo climate change magazine

If you still haven’t been able to grasp the realities of climate change, you need National Geographic’s starter guide.

It teaches you the foundational concepts through a straightforward visual interface. The online magazine comprises of seven decks, each accompanied by animations, and concise explanations.

The guide touches upon topics such as the surge in carbon emissions through the last few years, climate-related disasters, species extinctions, depressions in animal and plant populations, and more.

7. Surging Seas Mapping Choices

Compare rising sea level scenarios

This is like the EarthTime tool we discussed earlier. It enables you to visualize the effects of rising sea levels for a location.

However, Mapping Choices goes a step further by letting you compare two scenarios and their potential impact on a location. For instance, you can pick Minor Carbon Cuts and Extreme Carbon Cuts and view their results side-by-side.

Other visualization choices here are Historic Carbon Pollution, Moderate Carbon Cuts, and Unchecked Pollution. In addition, you lock in a specific sea level rise and co-relate it to carbon emission levels to understand the extent of any havoc.

8. What Will Climate Feel Like in 60 Years?

Climate change temperature predictor

The University of Maryland’s tool allows you to imagine what the climate at a region will feel like in 60 years. Instead of directly putting up a number, it tells you where you can experience that climate today.

Let’s say you search for New York City. The site will take you to Jonesboro, Arkansas as that’s what NYC will potentially feel like in 2080.

There are a couple of filters you can take advantage of. You can set the emissions level and the level of detail to understand future forecasts.

Use Climate Change Tools to Understand Global Warming

Climate change is real, and these web apps illustrate the severity of the matter. But there’s still hope and even as individuals, we can do a lot. Here are a bunch of climate change tools to understand and fight global warming 5 Climate Change Tools to Understand and Fight Global Warming Preventing global warming is the need of the hour today. These apps and websites will tell you how you can make a difference. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    "The Earth is burning up. Polar bears are flocking to cities in hunt of food. The Amazon rainforest, which plays a pivotal role in maintaining our environment’s health, is on fire."
    There's nothing like using outrageous hyperbole to try to make your point.

    Climate change has been going on for billions of years and will continue to go on for more billions of years. We can hysterically take a myopic view and look at climate change over the last 100 or 200 years and declare that the sky is falling. Or we can look at climate change as an ongoing long-term process, just like plate tectonics, and draw logical conclusions rather than just knee-jerk reactions.

    Until about 20 thousand years ago the was no Bering Strait allowing the then inhabitants of Asia to cross over into North America to become what are now known as "native" Americans or Indians. Then, as the climate changed, sea levels rose over 300 FEET submerging the Bering Land Bridge between Asia and North America. I wonder what caused the climate to change so drastically? The current fad is to blame ANY change in the climate (also known as weather) on human activity. Did the humans of 15-20 thousands years ago cause the sea levels to rise over 300 feet?

    During its existence, Earth has undergone at least four major ice ages and several minor ones along with subsequent global warmings. Are those global warmings also to be blamed on human activity?

    "Here are a bunch of climate change tools to understand and fight global warming."
    The big elephant in the room that no one is brave enough to talk about is POPULATION. Two hundred years ago, the time which many of today's climate horror stories use as a base line, Earth's population just got above the 1 Billion mark for the first time. As of today that figure stands at over 7.7 Billion, a more than 770% increase. The simple process of just breathing by the extra 6.7 Billion people generates enough CO2 to appreciably accelerate Global Warming. Let's face it, the energy, food, transportation and other greenhouse gases generating needs of the growing human population are growing faster than even the most drastic conservation efforts.

    Somehow the "Climate Change Will Kill Us" crowd demands that everything be curtailed except population growth. It is people breeding like rabbits that is the root cause of human impact on climate. Why/when did population growth become a sacred cow?! Until the uncontrolled population growth is brought under control, any efforts to slow down, stop or, hopefully, reverse the human caused climate change will be futile.

    • John
      October 9, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      /\ /\ /\
      Thank you Dragonmouth, well said.

    • John Smith
      October 10, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Thanks for taking the time to respond to this ridiculous article.
      I was about to post a reply and then saw your response.
      Well said.

    • John Smith
      October 10, 2019 at 6:45 am

      One thing I disagree with you.
      Population growth is not the problem. In fact, in some countries it came down to a screeching halt.
      There are plenty of resources, except not being used, cultivated due to politics, regional and ethnic conflicts.
      The climate doom and gloom crowd certainly are calling for population control, and in some extreme cases, close to calling for genocides.
      Managing resources, making things available to all can be done ethically and without radical stuff like controlling who gets to have a child, stopping having children and stuff like that.

      • Fik of the borg
        October 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        Very well said.
        While it's true that the problem would be much less severe if there were 3 billion humans on the planet instead of 7+, but that's like killing the patient to cure the fever. A "Thanos solution" (against future humans, not considering genocide!) is not the answer.
        I believe that the planet can support even more people provided resources are better managed. There is too much wasted capacity in some regions and too much need in others, as well as gross inefficiencies.
        Beside that, resource scarcity is not bad per se, in fact it has been the drive behind many developments and explorations / colonizations. We still have not only the seas to exploit (in the good, renewable sense) and even space.