They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, it might just be worth more than that. If the words 'climate change' seem more like trendy buzzwords than something concrete, then perhaps this new app from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can help you get your head around it.
NASA's Earth Now is a free app that uses recent global climate data gathered from Earth Science satellites and displays it on a 3D model of the Earth, letting you visualize a variety of different types of data using "false color" maps. Choose between data sets of the Earth's carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels, water vapor, gravity, surface air temperature, ozone, and sea level variations, and rotate or zoom in on the model with just a swipe or a pinch.
Earth Now was developed by the Earth Science Communications and Visualization Technology Applications and Development Teams at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with support from NASA headquarters.
Go ahead and grab this free app, and then start monitoring the vital signs of our planet while waiting in line at the grocery store or between tweets: NASA Earth Now