How Hot Will it get in Your Lifetime?

The Guardian has released an interactive tool that helps visitors discover how much the climate will change within one’s lifetime. The tool illustrates historical temperature rise as well as future temperature increases dependent upon future human carbon emissions. Future emissions are calculated for:

  • Your life so far;Temperature and Climate Change
  • Your remaining working years;
  • Your retirement;
  • A child born today; and
  • Future generations



The interactive tool also shows you historical temperature changes and gives perspective on those changes on the left-hand panel of the application. The tool also illustrates how estimates of future temperature rises have changed based on the most recent (2013) IPCC report. Lastly, the tool shows how global temperatures would react if emissions were radically cut over the coming decades.

The data was provided by the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, with support from the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The modeling was conducted by Richard Miller and the Interactive was created by Duncan Clark. We also suggest reading some of the Guardian’s recent articles on the 2013 IPCC report, which are both informative and alarming.