Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience
- This report, part II in a series, looks at likely impacts of 2°C and 4°C warming across three vulnerable regions.
- It describes risks to agriculture and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa, the rise in sea-level and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East Asia, and water extremes facing South Asia.
- Turn Down the Heat warns that poor coastal urban communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change.
In the report Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience, launched in June 2013, scientists look at the likely impacts on three vulnerable regions if the world continues on its current trajectory and warms by 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial times by mid-century and continues to become 4°C warmer by 2100.
The report looks across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia, revealing how rising global temperatures are increasingly threatening the health and livelihoods of their most vulnerable populations. It builds on the previous report in the series, Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C World Must Be Avoided, that concluded the world likely will warm by 4°C by the end of the century.
The latest report in the series describes the risks to agriculture and food security in sub-Saharan Africa; rise in sea-level, bleaching of coral reefs, and devastation of coastal areas in South East Asia; and fluctuating rain patterns and food production impacts in South Asia. The report, prepared by the Potsdam Institute of Climate Research and Climate Analytics, synthesizes the current peer-reviewed literature and supplements it with computer modeling, finding that future impacts across the regions are potentially devastating.
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Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience (Also available on social reading channels: Issuu, Scribd, and Open Knowledge Repository)
President Jim Kim's Op-ed originally published in Washington Post:
Global Press Release: Warmer World Will Keep Millions of People Trapped in Poverty, Says New Report
Regional Press Release (East Asia): Warmer World Threatens Livelihoods in South East Asia
Regional Press Release (South Asia): Warming Climate to Hit South Asia Hard with Extreme Heat, Floods & Disease
Country Press Release (Bangladesh): Warming Climate to Hit Bangladesh Hard with Sea Level Rise, More Floods and Cyclones
Country Press Release (India): Warming Climate in India to Pose Significant Risk to Agriculture, Water Resources, Health
Country Press Release (Maldives): Concerted Efforts Needed to Support Maldives Adapt to Climate Change, World Bank Report Findings Indicate
Country Press Release (Nepal): Warming Climate to Hit South Asia Hard with Extreme Heat, Floods & Disease
Country Press Release (Pakistan): Warming Climate to Hit South Asia Hard with Extreme Heat, Floods & Disease
Regional Summaries (pdf)