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A new animation of the famous HadCRUT4 climate dataset


Here is the R sample code (PPT aspect ratio is 6:4, Youtube wants 16:9) .

As ggplot2 animation packages have major difficulties to manipulate the single frames, I am combining here raw PNGs using ffmpeg.

# read_cru_hemi() modified from https://mccartneytaylor.com/plotting-climate-change-on-a-spider-graph-using-r

list.of.packages <- c("ggplot2", "reshape", "stringr","RColorBrewer")
new.packages <- list.of.packages[!(list.of.packages %in% installed.packages()[,"Package"])]
if(length(new.packages)) install.packages(new.packages)
lapply(list.of.packages, require, character.only = TRUE)

read_cru_hemi <- function(filename) {
  tab <- read.table(filename,fill=TRUE)
  nrows <- nrow(tab)
  hemi <- data.frame(
  hemi[,15:26][ hemi[,15:26]==0 ] <- c(NA)

url_dat <- "https://crudata.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadCRUT4-gl.dat"
tempdat <- read_cru_hemi(url_dat)
tempmelt <- melt(tempdat[,c(1,3:14)],id="year")

colfunc <- colorRampPalette(c("grey","grey","red"))
FadeToGrey <- colfunc(2019-1850)

new_theme <- theme_classic() + theme(
  text = element_text(size=18, colour="grey"),
  axis.line = element_blank(), 
  axis.text = element_text(colour="grey"),
  axis.ticks = element_line(colour="grey"),
  axis.title.x = element_blank(),
  panel.border = element_blank(),
  panel.grid.major = element_blank(),
  panel.grid.minor = element_blank(),
  panel.background = element_blank(),
  legend.position = "none"

for(i in 1850:2019){
p <- ggplot(tempmelt[tempmelt$year %in% 1850:i,], aes(x=variable,y=value,color=as.factor(year),group=year)) + 
  geom_line() +
  scale_x_discrete( labels=month.abb) +
  scale_y_continuous( name="difference from baseline  [ oC ]", limits=c(-1,1) ) +
  annotate("text", x=11, y=1, label=i, size=7) +
  scale_color_manual( values=FadeToGrey[ 1:c(i-1849) ]  )
  fn <- paste("/Users/xxx/Desktop/X/",str_pad(i-1849, 3, pad = "0"),".png",sep="")
  ggsave(p, file=fn, width = 16, height = 9)

# not run
# ffmpeg -framerate 10 -i /Users/xxx/Desktop/X/%3d.png -r 5 -pix_fmt yuv420p -y /Users/xxx/Desktop/X/out.mp4


In comparison here is the original circular plot. Would require blue, green, yellow, red in the Color Ramp Palette…


Now it is only a minor step to the warming strips.

colfunc <- brewer.pal(11, "RdBu")
ggplot(tempdat, aes(x = year, y = 1, fill = annual)) +
  geom_tile() +
  scale_y_continuous(expand = c(0, 0)) +
  scale_fill_gradientn(colors = rev(col_strip)) +
  guides(fill = guide_colorbar(barwidth = 1)) +
  theme( axis.ticks= element_blank(),
         axis.text = element_blank(),
         axis.title = element_blank()

Scientists who change their life style

There are scientists who support climate campaigns but there are also scientists who change their life style.

Kim Cobb traveled to the Kiritimati coral reefs in the spring of 2016 and found, to her horror, an underwater graveyard.
A climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Cobb was alarmed to see this precious research site in the Pacific Ocean in such visible distress. The reefs were mostly dead after months of being in abnormally warm ocean waters […]
And so, she underwent a “wholesale reorganization” of her life, she said, including biking to work, rarely flying, going vegetarian, investing in expensive residential rooftop solar panels, and getting involved in her community’s new transportation plans.

Auf Deutsch – die drei besten Links zu dem Thema
“Klimahysterie!”, “Klimapropaganda!” (NZZ)
“Meine Generation hat vollständig versagt” (Lesch)
“Das Schüler-Klimaquiz der AfD” (Spektrum)