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Infographic: Rising Temperatures, Rising Risks 

People are 15 times more likely to die from extreme weather today than in years past as climate change continues to affect severe weather patterns, according to the second report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. If the current trajectory remains unchanged, 1 billion people will face coastal flooding from rising seas by 2050, and some small island nations could become uninhabitable.

Risks by Degree

With every one-tenth of a degree of additional warming beyond pre-industrial levels, threats to people, species, and ecosystems rise. Even if global warming is halted at 1.5 degrees Celsius—the target outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement—the ramifications remain tangible.

  1.5C° 2C° 3C°
Drought: Population exposed to
water stress or heat stress
.95 billion 1.15 billion 1.29 billion
Food: Costs for adaptation
and residual damage to major crops
$63 billion $80 billion $128 billion
Fire: Increases in burnt area across Mediterranean Europe alone 40-54% 62-87% 96-187%
Sea Level: Global mean sea level rise by 2100 0.28-0.55 meters 0.33-0.61 meters 0.44-0.76 meters
Floods: Increase in the global population exposed to flooding 24% 30% data unavailable

Risk Adaptation

Avoiding the effects of climate change is no longer possible. Many feasible adaptations are already available—they just require funding and implementation. Social protection programs (including public works programs), ecosystem-based adaptations (increasing crop diversity), and new technologies and infrastructure are all proven solutions that could be implemented today.

The report strongly recommends that policymakers double climate adaptation financing by 2025.

$23-46 Billion
2018 estimate of climate adaptation financing
$295 Billion
Needed for developing countries by 2050


Risk Hotspots

In 2022, 3.3 to 3.6 billion people live in regions highly vulnerable to climate impacts. Hotspots are concentrated in:

0522SM-Infographic-03.png The Arctic 0522SM-Infographic-03.png Central America 0522SM-Infographic-03.png South America
0522SM-Infographic-03.png South Asia 0522SM-Infographic-03.png Sub-Saharan Africa 0522SM-Infographic-03.png Small Island Nations