A brief history of CO2 emissions

Urban Complexity Lab — University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (DE), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact (DE)

The emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane is the primary factor in global warming, which is caused by us humans. This short film illustrates the geographic distribution as well as the historic dimension of CO2 emissions since 1751—that is, shortly before the beginning of industrialization. It also shows how emission levels will rise by the year 2100 if we continue on our present path. An important element in the film is the concept of an emission budget. At the 2015 Paris UN Climate Conference, it was agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. In order to reach this goal, we can emit only a limited amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. Ultimately, however, we must reduce our CO2 emissions to zero.



A film by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Design and production: Julian Braun; concept: Julian Braun, Jürgen Claus, Susanne Droege, Elmar Kriegler, Boris Müller, and Mareike Schodder; creative lead: Boris Müller (FHP); scientific lead: Elmar Kriegler (PIK); music: Leo Brunnsteiner; voice: Andy Bramhill (EN), Sabahattin Cakiral (DE); sound design: Manfred Bauche; data research: Lavinia Baumstark