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The U.S. Postal Service has joined the fight against global warming by introducing a stamp depicting the projected warming of the world’s oceans.
The stamp series is called “Global: Sea Surface Temperatures.” It features a single snapshot of how the world’s oceans will warm as more greenhouse gases fill the atmosphere. Researchers take the data and create stamps that represent “one day in the life of the virtual Earth.”
The Post Office notes that the images on the stamps are not based on real world observations but modeled scenarios. The Post Office says the “model isn’t absorbing ongoing, real-time truths from the Earth, per se, through a satellite or weather balloon like some might suspect.”
They use these elegant, complex climate models [...] to stage “what if” scenarios: What happens if the state of the Atlantic changes dramatically? Or if greenhouse gases continue to change the chemical composition of the atmosphere?