2013-07-12

Co.Exist

Hear The Incredible Rise Of Climate Change Played On The Cello

"A Song For Our Warming Planet" converts environmental data into a song, with a screeching climax.

Climate change is amorphous, complicated, long-term. That’s why the "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures over the last millennium is so compelling. It turns the slow and invisible into a handy picture: long and flat for nine centuries, only to jut suddenly in the 20th.

Now, thanks to cellist Daniel Crawford, that hockey stick—or at least the final, rising blade of the stick—has its counterpart in music: "A Song of Our Warming Planet."

Notes are matched to temperatures, one for each year since 1880. As temperatures increase 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit—and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels increase by more than 40%—the song climbs from the low, open C to the high end of its register, sounding, in one commenter’s estimation, "like a woman screaming."

The video ends with text:

"Scientists predict the planet will warm by another 1.8 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. This additional warming would produce a series of notes beyond the range of human hearing."

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  • hahahdhdhdhDF

    if people didn't think climate change wasn't going to happen, they are fucking stupid.  The question is, is it based off of human activity, or is this just normal.  There was a ton more variable climates millions of years ago, I say it's natural of the earth with minimal impact by human activity.  The size of cities to the size of open land is still tremendous. That's what I think, and that's what most people think.  Government lobbying for massive climate change bills have been a failer.  That's not being said that it's never going to fix humans using carbon fuel, I just think a better perspective is that people care more about the quality of the air, than what we don't see, and only feel over a larger amount of time. Bla bla bla.

  • hahahdhdhdhDF

    if everything we know about climate change is basically based off a 200 year old graph, we might as well be ants in a bathtub full of water expecting the water to never drain.

  • hahahdhdhdhDF

    it's very cold in canada, some people may be displaced, but they can come move up here :) If you think about it, people would be displaced, but we'd gain arable land up north in russia and canada if the world heats up a bit. We also don't get hurricanes up here. You win some you lose some

  • hahahdhdhdhDF

    people that wouldn't look at that graph aren't going to want to listen to that music lol