I want to ask my lovely readers what they think of an analogy which uses atomic bombs to help describe an amount of energy. The graphic below uses Hiroshima atomic bombs to convey the rate at which the Earth is currently accumulating energy, which is a lot. It was created by Skeptical Science – a climate science communication website.
Atomic bombs are often used to quantify energy. The meteor that crashed into Siberia earlier this year was described as the energy equivalent of 30 Hiroshima bombs. The Mag. 6.5 earthquake in Cook Strait, New Zealand in July this year was described as the energy equivalent of 100 nuclear bombs.
Personally, I think this is a useful tool for helping people understand that our Earth is currently absorbing more energy than it is releasing into space. Any thoughts?