Why should we avoid global warming of more than 2 degrees?
For the first time, high-resolution climate simulations for Central Europe show, and provide policy advice on consequences for Germany, should a global warming by more than 2 degrees no longer be avoided. They provide the basis for estimating the climate impacts and thus for adaptation to climate change for various sectors of society.
The so-called »as-usual« scenario is juxtaposed with a »climate protection« scenario which shows what could be avoided if the course is laid in for sustainable energy supply and other climate protection measures according to the Paris Agreement of 2015. Extreme weather conditions, as they occurred in the recent past, could become normal in the second half of the 21st century at the latest.
In addition, the global consequences of melting glaciers and ice shelfs, which have accumulated over thousands of years, will cause sea levels to rise by up to more than a meter, posing enormous challenges to coastal regions.