Topic in Focus
Earth’s climate was stable for a long time in the past 10,000 years. Since the start of industrialisation, the global average temperature has increased in a short time by more than 1°C due to the burning of fossil fuels and changes to land use. Without intensive climate protection measures the average rise over the next decades could exceed 2°C. Climate research contributes to the knowledge about our changing planet in the form of increasingly accurate climate models and possible solutions.