Learning the Carbon Cycle and Anthropogenic Climate Change

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Learning the Carbon Cycle and Anthropogenic Climate Change

The Economist’s short film explains the Carbon cycle and how human activities became one of the causes of climate change. The video shows the vast amounts of carbon dioxide thrown into the atmosphere that began in the late 18th century at the dawn of the industrial age.

Fast forward to the late 20th century, Oliver Morton, The Economist briefing editor, explains that the amounts of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel extraction and use “goes through the roof, the increases in levels have never been seen for millions of years” and this the reason for climate change.

The video explains the carbon cycle and how this dynamic equilibrium works. Human activity has knocked off the cycle’s balance through enormous amounts of carbon dioxide thrown into the atmosphere in only a few hundred years.

Is there a way to restore this balance, and what climate mitigation will humans take to put an end to climate change?

And if emissions continue, what climate adaptation is needed to protect humans and infrastructures against the consequences of climate change.

Watch this fascinating video below:

Source citation:

The carbon cycle is key to understanding climate change. (2020, June 19). The Economist. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/yhlg9txl7yM

BACKGROUND IMAGE CREDIT: By Pierre Friedlingstein, Matthew W. Jones, Michael O’Sullivan et al. – https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/11/1783/2019/, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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