It is not easily explained, in the general case, in any other way.
The data points would be expected to start out on a line if certain initial conditions were met.
In addition, it requires that these measurements be taken from several different objects which all formed at the same time from a common pool of materials.
Anderson says current pollution levels have already catastrophically depleted atmospheric ozone levels, which absorb 98 percent of ultraviolet rays, to levels not seen in 12 million years.
Anderson’s assessment of humanity’s timeline for action is likely accurate, given that his diagnosis and discovery of Antarctica’s ozone holes led to the Montreal Protocol of 1987.
In 2016, University of Reading professor Ed Hawkins compiled global temperature data dating back to 1850, prior to the Industrial Revolution of the early 20th century and the oil boom, and turning the data into a time-lapse GIF.
The most alarming part of the data showed that temperatures began rising exponentially faster at the start of the 21st century and show no signs of slowing down: The good news is there are a relatively small amount of culprits responsible for the vast majority of carbon emissions, meaning governments know who to focus on.