More than quarter of world’s land could become arid due to global warming

by Richard on January 3, 2018

A reminder in the Independent that climate change remains a pressing and dangerous problem

Up to 30 per cent of the planet’s land surface would become arid if global temperatures rise 2C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study.

A 2C threshold was set out in the Paris climate agreement in 2015, but the new research suggests it will not be enough to prevent devastating environmental changes.

As land undergoes “aridification” and becomes drier, water supplies run out

“It can also lead to more droughts and wildfires – similar to those seen raging across California,” said SusTech scientist Dr Chang-Eui Park

Meanwhile, the BBC asks Is climate change making hurricanes worse? The answer, while nuanced, is a pretty clear ‘Yes’.

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