From Corona to climate catastrophe
In April of this year, according to the US weather agency NOAA, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reached a new record high - there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in the past 800,000 years - despite restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic.
Johannes Orphal predicts that the dimensions of a climate catastrophe will far exceed the tragic consequences of the current Corona pandemic and sees global warming "as a coming catastrophe whose consequences we cannot yet foresee".
Is the international "two-degree target" for mitigating the effects of climate change still realistic? What variables are leading to dramatic tipping points in the climate system? Could technologies such as "climate engineering" be a solution?
And with which political and social efforts can the world still be saved?
Prof. Dr. Johannes Orphal is a physicist, climate researcher, head of the research area "Natural and Built Environment" at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and representative of the presidium there for climate protection and sustainability.
He represents KIT in the Management Board of the Research Field "Earth and Environment" of the Helmholtz Association, is a scientific expert for national and international research organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), and a member of numerous scientific committees.
As part of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg.
Can the world still be saved?
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