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“Climate change“: At this point, does that sound more like a political buzzword than a real scientific event? Even though most scientists agree that climate change is well underway, the public’s understanding of it lags behind—whether due to confusion, religion, or willful ignorance. Our country’s acceptance of the phenomenon has actually retreated in the past few years.
A new, free app for iPhones and iPads called Just Science jolts us back to reality by translating the science of climate change into layperson’s terms. The app takes two centuries of data from the comprehensive Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study, then converts it into a color-coded moving map that shows how today’s monthly temperatures compare to historical averages since 1800. The result, according to developer Nick Orenstein, is a gradual, everyday reminder of what’s happening to the planet.