As the metaphorical mercury rises month after month and year after year, scientists try to communicate the depth and breadth of the problem for the general public. Climate science can be messy and complicated, but vital as we barrel towards a permanently changed world, it becomes more important for the public and policy members to understand how quickly Earth is warming in the post-industrial period.

To that end, Climate Central has shared an animated visualization created by British climatologist Ed Hawkins that shows — quite literally — how temperatures are spiraling out of control, month after month since 1850. “I wanted to try and visualize the changes we’ve seen in different ways to learn about how we might improve our communication,” Hawkins told Tech Insider by email. READ MORE