Climate change is now a proven phenomenon. Its future amplitude is not yet known. That will depend on our capacity to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but also on how our biosphere will respond to these changes.
Politic processes now underway are attempting to reduce the man-made origins of global warming. The nations present at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), to be held in Paris, 30 November through 11 December 2015, will attempt to arrive at a global, binding agreement on climate change. A number of citizens, civil society and the private sector are also seeking responses to this challenge.
We often wonder what the world in which we’ll live a hundred years from now will be like. There is talk of how the climate will be less stable, of cities and infrastructure, of human societies. But little is said about the impacts of climate change on other species, on ecosystems and landscapes. Yet humans too are a part of nature and our survival is narrowly tied to natural processes. The functioning of ecosystems determines soil fertility as well as the availability of drinking water breathable air. We depend on the health of other species, their abundance and their diversity.
What will the world of tomorrow be like? Will it be liveable not only for ourselves, but for other living species as well? Will our biosphere’s dynamic balance hold? Will ecosystems be resilient enough to fulfil their functions? How will biodiversity and societies respond to climate change? Can we anticipate its effects?
Such are the questions that MNHN are attempting to answer.
Learn more about the Sorbonne Universities’ actions relating to the Climate Conference at : Demain, le climat (in French).
See the full programme of Climate Conference events at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle at in the Calendar (in French).
June 2015. Text by Pauline Briand. Our thanks to the Vigie-Nature researchers and team for their availability and advice.
The MNHN is supported by the Engie Foundation.
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