A-Z of the Future > Global Warming
The Earth’s average temperature has been subjected to a long-term rise, that's set to continue. It’s a well-documented feature of our lives, and scientists consider humans to be the key cause of it.
Many of the warming changes since the 1950s are unprecedented in their levels compared to historic averages - which correlates to the extraordinary population growth Earth has witnessed in that time, and the various ways in which we now power our lives. Greenhouse gases are at their highest levels for any time in the last 800,000 years. Our human activity is damaging the natural world, with rainforests, wildlife and other living things we share this planet with all at increased risk.
Weather systems, sea levels and carbon dioxide emissions are just some of the topics considered to be instrumental in the global warming debate. Governments, individuals and companies all have a role to play in mitigating the risks of global warming. A notable example of this is how the car industry is changing to meet pollution concerns, with the consumption of electric vehicles set to rise in the generation ahead.
With the world’s population destined to dramatically increase in the century ahead, global warming will continue to be a primary concern for humanity to find an answer to. New technologies provide solutions, but perhaps more important is the need for new behaviours for people to adopt in order to bring positive change.