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Global warming: How much hotter is the earth today than when you were born?

These yearly global heat maps illustrate how much hotter the world is today than when you were born. Image: Unsplash/Wolfgang Hasselmann

Spencer Feingold

Digital Editor, World Economic Forum

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Global temperature anomaly (relative to 1951-1980) Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1930-1934
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1930-1934 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1935-1939
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1935-1939 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1940-1944
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1940-1944 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1945-1949
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1945-1949 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1950-1954
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1950-1954 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1955-1959
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1955-1959 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1960-1964
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1960-1964 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1965-1969
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1965-1969 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1970-1974
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1970-1974 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1975-1979
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1975-1979 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1980-1984
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1980-1984 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1985-1989
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1985-1989 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1990-1994
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1990-1994 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1995-1999
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 1995-1999 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2000-2004
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2000-2004 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2005-2009
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2005-2009 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2010-2014
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2010-2014 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2015-2019
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for years: 2015-2019 Image: NASA: Earth Observatory

Heat map showing temperature anomaly for the year 2021, compared to 1951-1980 average.
Heat map showing temperature anomaly for the year 2021, compared to 1951-1980 average. Image: NASA: Earth Observatory
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