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An atmospheric scientist explores the key driving forces behind climate change and the impact it's having on the planet. Image: UNSPLASH/Mika Baumeister

Betsy Weatherhead

Senior Scientist, University of Colorado Boulder


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Image: Chart: The Conversation/CC-BY-ND Source: NOAA Global Monitoring Lab
How long does CO2 stay in the atmosphere? Image: Chart: The Conversation/CC-BY-ND Source: Pieter Tans

When carbon dioxide levels have been high in the past, evidence shows temperatures have also been high. Image: The Conversations, Based on Salawitch et al., 2017, updated with data to the end of 2020, CC BY

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Temperatures have risen over time around the world. Image: The Conversation/CC-BY-ND Source: NOAA

Sea levels have risen in costal cities around the world. Image: Chart: The Conversation/CC-BY-ND Source: Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level
Based on SSP3-7.0, a high-emissions scenario. Image: Claudia Tebaldi, et al., 2021


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