Numerous climate models have previously predicted an apocalyptic future for existence on earth.
From rapid icecap melt and catastrophic sea level rise – to rising temperatures making some areas uninhabitable and mass extinctions of species in affected areas.
But even our best efforts may not be enough to avert disaster.
The Paris climate agreement commits the world’s countries to preventing global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial temperatures by the end of the century.
However even if all countries meet their non-binding targets some projections estimate global temperatures could still rise by more than 3C and possibly by over 4C.
This would have a devastating effect on the planet – raising sea levels as much as 1.5 metres – putting cities like Amsterdam and New York under water and causing widespread famine.