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The Climate Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Solutions

Stefan Rahmstorf
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

New global temperature records in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a weakening Gulf Stream system, rising sea levels and an unending series of weather extremes – what do the latest data on global warming tell us? Does global warming contribute to stronger tropical storms? Have tilting points of the climate system already been exceeded? Is there a connection between climate change and causes of migration? And what does the Paris Climate Agreement imply? Is it still possible to halt global warming well under the 2-degree mark, and if so, how rapidly will global emissions have to be reduced to zero?

Climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will discuss the reasons for the climate crisis and outline potential solutions.

Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf holds the co-chair of the Research Unit Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is also Professor of Physics of the Oceans at the University of Potsdam. From 2004 to 2013 he was Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).

Lecture in German.

Video (HD)