Posted: November 30, 2017 Filed under: Journalism Training | Tags: average temperature, climate change, CO2, Earth, Earth's average temperature, GBJ, glaciation, Global Business Journalism, Global Business Journalism Program, global warming, graphics, history, human civilization, Ice Age, industrial revolution, Master of Global Business Journalism, master's programs in journalism, Multimedia Business Journalism, multimedia graphics, multimedia journalism, news graphics, polar melting, Pollution, timeline, timelines, Tsinghua University, world history
I teach my multimedia students in the Global Business Journalism Program the importance of using graphics to tell stories. Timelines are one of the most effective narrative storytelling tools. This is one of the best timelines I’ve ever seen. It’s a history of Earth’s average temperature since the last Ice Age glaciation. Scroll to the end for a surprise. (Well, it’ll be a surprise to some of you.)
Thanks to xkcd for creating this ingenious timeline. It is reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.