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A Brief History of CO2 Emissions – new film online

Extending periods of changing weather, rising sea levels, shifting vegetation zones, even economic losses, social upheaval, and migration of people across the world – these are the effects of global CO2 emissions. The short film “A Brief History of CO2 Emissions” shows how greenhouse gases impact global warming – and our future. The animated short film of the Urban Complexity Lab and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is now available online.
A Brief History of CO2 Emissions – new film online

The new short film contains numerous, illustrative data visualisations (Photo: UCLab)

For 250 years we have been burning coal, oil, and gas. We have thereby increased the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere by 40%. And we are now just starting to experience the climate impacts that we have already triggered. To curtail global warming in the long run, we must not even emit half of the CO2 we have produced so far. The object to limit global warming well below 2°C, that was decided at the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris, is otherwise not accomplishable. The newly published short film tells the story of CO2 emissions with vivid graphics and illustrative data visualisations.

It was created for the German Protestant Convention by PIK together with the Urban Complexity Lab of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam to illustrate the relationship between greenhouse-gas emissions and global warming. Therefore, the data of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) and the baseline projection of CO2 emissions by PIK from 1751 to 2100 were visualised on a highly detailed geographical level. More information on this project can be found on the project’s website of the Urban Complexity Lab.

Link to the film: A Brief History of CO2 Emissions

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