Projected Climate Change Impacts

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is tasked with assessing the published literature on climate change and issuing assessment reports that have the support of leading climate scientists and participating governments. The latest IPCC Working Group II Report details some of expected climate change impacts based on geographic region.

Climate Change Impacts by Region

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The report warns that recent extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods and wildfires show how vulnerable humans are to variations in climate. The greater the increase in temperatures, the more likely the world is to see severe and widespread impacts, including the possibility of reaching ‘tipping points’ which trigger abrupt and irreversible changes to the planet’s climate.

Rising temperatures will exacerbate poverty and damage land and marine species — leading to food insecurity and greater potential for violent conflict.