The World of 2050

Not only the way of life, but also the geography of the world Calyria is different from our own. Global warming, natural disasters and diseases have left their mark - marks that cannot be reversed and that the population now has to live with.


In the middle of this century a lot of climate movements were founded, which gradually became more aggressive and even resorted to terrorist means in order to get the economy and politics to give in on the climate issue. Although these movements were successful and there are stricter climate protection laws around the world than ever before, the earth has continued to warm up.

The average global warming today is 1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial age. As a result, summers in regions near the equator are on average 5° warmer than they were in 2000. Extreme heat waves, droughts and resulting famines have become normal.

Steppes and deserts have spread further, especially in the south of the Sahara. The area under food crops has shrunk to 20% of the world's total land area due to soil contamination, salinisation and drought. The rise in temperatures has accentuated the differences between summer and winter in all regions of the world. Precipitation is concentrated in a few, violent events in the warmer regions of the world, while precipitation in cooler regions increases massively and promotes the spread of moisture-related diseases.


The rise in temperatures caused the sea level to rise by one meter. Many, formerly fertile, areas in the river deltas are now under water. In coastal areas, storm surges occur again and again, which seem to reach a new record high every year. Cities such as Venice, Amsterdam and Hamburg are permanently under water, while New York, San Francisco and Boston have to struggle with floods every year.

Many smaller islands that have risen only slightly above the sea no longer exist or are completely submerged in the sea for at least part of the year. The melting of the glaciers in Europe and the Arctic has led to many rivers carrying more water today and have flooded a lot of built-up land. At the same time, the quality of the water has declined, resulting in a massive shortage of drinking water.

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Cover image: by Susanne Lamprecht


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