Particle and Astroparticle Physics Colloquium Hamburg

Video Colloquium: The challenge of long-term climate change

by Mojib Latif (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and University of Kiel)

Zoom (Desy, Hamburg)


Desy, Hamburg

The Earth has experienced a global surface warming of just above 1°C since the beginning of industrialization and humankind is responsible through the emission of vast amounts of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2). The present CO2-concentration is unprecedented during the last few million years and the rise has continued this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. Although there has been a large consensus in the climate research community about the cause of global warming for many years, global greenhouse gas emissions have increased by about 60% since 1990. Humankind is following a worst-case scenario with a global warming of about 4°C by the end of the century should CO2-emissions continue to rise unabatedly, which would be a disaster for the planet. Former US President Barack Obama said in 2015 at the opening of the Paris Climate Conference “For I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us”.

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