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The aviation warming stripes were developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation.

Aviation Warming Stripes

Based on a recent study that quantified aviation’s contribution to global warming [Introduction, ref. 4], the below aviation ‘warming stripes’ have been developed with the aim of communicating a complex message in a visually simple and memorable way that people can relate to. Warming stripes typically communicate on the impact of global warming in terms of changes in average surface temperature over time at the global or national level [Introduction, ref. 5]. In comparison, the colours of the aviation warming stripes below represent the modelled % contribution of aviation emissions to overall global warming (temperature increase against a pre-industrial baseline) on an annual basis between 1980 (1.9% on left) and 2021 (3.7% on right).

Aviation warming stripes