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Disney Pixar’s Wall-E, and more recently, Paramount’s Interstellar, show a future in which mankind no longer has an Earth to call home. Years ago, a prospect like this might have seemed far-fetched. However, scientific studies have shown that if the human race doesn’t curb its emissions of greenhouse gases, not too long from now we will find ourselves in a planet that doesn’t support life as we know it. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the global temperature is expected to at least double in the next century. This makes the need to take measures on how to prevent global warming very urgent. Also, predictions show an increase in temperature of 1.5ºC above today’s values if mankind drastically lowers its greenhouse emissions. This increment would be of 6ºC if we carry on with a business-as-usual mindset.

A warming of this scale could potentially erase mankind and other lifeforms off the face of Earth, because of the warming itself or its aftermath. For example, if emissions continue on their current trend, sea levels could rise up to 6 meters in the future and 0.94 meters by the end of this century. This would place coastal cities worldwide under an emerging flooding crisis and at risk for storm damage (Scientific American, 2015)

It is worth noting that the efforts made towards curbing global warming are focused on stabilizing the current CO2 levels in the atmosphere so they stay at current levels in the future. This is not only a task for politicians and scientists, every person can contribute by leading a sustainable, responsible lifestyle. Keep reading for some tips on how to prevent global warming in the future:

HOW TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING: AT-HOME TIPS

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HOW TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING: OUT OF HOME

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HOW TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING: AT LARGE

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Source: Union of Concerned Scientists

While individual efforts to lower greenhouse emissions are necessary and can have a significant impact on stopping future global warming, the bulk of the duty is on countries and international companies. The key factor on how to prevent global warming in the future is developing sustainability policies as soon as possible, because the measures taken today will have an immediate effect on prospected change. At-large measures that can be taken on how to prevent global warming include:

HOW TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING: BIOMIMICRY

Source: Biomimicry.org

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Biomimicry is “an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies” (Biomimicry Institute, W/D). It seeks to understand and incorporate the inner workings of natural structures and processes into current-day engineering, with the purpose of creating new ways of living that are well-adapted to life on earth on the long run.

When looking for pathways on how to prevent global warming, it should be intuitive to turn to nature for the answer. After all, and as said by Janine Benyus, a pioneer in the biomimicry movement “When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world.”

EXAMPLES OF BIOMIMICRY

The Eastgate Building in Harare, Zimbabwe, is an office and shopping centre. Its temperature control system is inspired in the one found on termite mounds - Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The tubercles on the humpback whale's fins were inspiration for innovative, more efficient wind turbines - Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The list goes on, and you can learn more about biomimicry and its uses on how to prevent global warming by clicking this link