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Climate Stripes Animation 1900-2021

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  • This short video shows how annual global temperatures have increased between 1900 and 2021. 
  • Using Ed Hawkins's climate stripes data, the video shows lower-than-average annual temperatures in shades of blue and higher-than-average annual temperatures in shades of red. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video will work well in multilingual or bilingual classes because it contains no words or text.
  • Students will see that the frequency of warmer-than-average years has escalated in recent decades.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to read about Ed Hawkins's climate stripes before using this video.


  • Art classes could use this video in a discussion about the color wheel. Using the concept of warm and cool colors, students could make artwork that shows how global temperatures are rising.
  • Geography classes could discuss how climate change impacts people and places. Students could reflect on the following questions:
    • How might warmer temperatures change a region's economy?
    • How is culture connected to place? Could climate change disrupt or destroy cultures?
    • Will warmer temperatures affect some groups of people disproportionately? Why?
  • Other resources on this topic include this lesson plan on the greenhouse effect and this interactive data resource on temperature anomalies.
Scientist Notes
The resource shows temperature records from 1900 to 2021. It is indicative of how increasing human activities induces global temperatures. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
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