The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a new map that shows what impact climate change could have on the planet.
The Human Dynamics of Climate Change map produced by the Met Office predicts a number of negative impacts if carbon emissions continue to increase, namely:
- Temperatures on the warmest days of the year rising by 6°C or more across Europe, parts of Asia and part of North America
- An increase in risk of flooding across 70% of Asia
- The number of days of drought going up by more than 20% in parts of South America, Australia and Southern Africa
- Maize yields falling by up to 12% in Central America
- Sea temperatures rising by up to 4°C in some parts of the world
- Millions of people flooded due to sea level rise, particularly in East, Southeast and South Asia
The FCO is attempting to show how climate change will have an intrinsic effect on all regions connected by trade. Commenting on the new map, Foreign Office Minister, Mark Simmonds said: “This map shows how the impacts of climate change on one part of the world will affect countries in other parts of the world, particularly through the global trade in food.
“This reinforces the point that climate change is a global problem: no country is immune, and we all need to work together to reduce the risks to our shared prosperity and security.”
Dame Julia Slingo, chief scientist at the Met Office added: “We’ve used the latest science to assess how potential changes in our climate will impact people around the world. This map presents that information together for the first time.”
The map can be viewed here.