Record continue to be broken in terms of global temperatures, rainfall and we have seen a year of extremes all around the globe. As we try to get our heads around this massive issue, we are asking everyone to Show Their Stripes.

Created by Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading, the global warming stripes are a simple visual representation of the long-term rise in global temperatures.

The image above shows temperature change in Ireland since 1850, but you can visit the official site and look at the global view or pick other continents and countries to see what is happening there.

Visit the official site here to see more charts

Each stripe represents the average temperature for a single year, relative to the average temperature over the period as a whole. Shades of blue indicate cooler-than-average years, while red shows years that were hotter than average.

The stark band of deep red stripes on the right-hand side of the graphic shows the rapid heating of our planet in recent decades.

Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading.

The story of the stripes

Prof Ed Hawkins explains: "The first time they were used at an event was actually a literary and arts festival in Wales - the Hay Festival. They were keen to do something in relation to climate change and the environment, so scientists were invited along with artists and poets like Nicola Davies who I was speaking with on the day.

"I was looking for a simple way to show an audience what was going on, bearing in mind this was not a science festival. It was a case of showing the science as simply as possible and the stripes seemed like a good idea. When they went up on screen you could see people's eyes open up and they were really engaged.

"The stripes I created were from the area of Hay, and it helped people see climate change where they live. We normally see it in a global context, but the fact you can have local stripes means we look at it in a new way. When we feel the effects of climate change it can be seen in the stripes, even looking at the Ireland chart."

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