Developing countries around the world could face tough new challenges as climate change unleashes more extreme storms, raises sea levels and causes floods and droughts.
Developing countries around the world could face tough new challenges as climate change unleashes more extreme storms, raises sea levels and causes floods and droughts.The environmental stresses of climate change will be felt across the globe, but most severely by poorer countries. These areas are already more prone to flood and drought, with a large share of their economy held in climate sensitive sectors, such as farming.Food, water and energy - essential for human survival - are already in short supply in many parts of the world and shortages may worsen as populations grow and weather patterns change. The impacts of climate change are likely to exacerbate inequalities in health systems, as well as access to adequate food, clean water and other resources.In 2007 we launched the Integrated Climate Programme (ICP) - a study which could help the UK to identify where conflict and security threats might emerge in future years.The Met Office already provides advice to senior defence officials on the likely flash points around the world where issues could be driven or exacerbated by climate change.The maps below highlight key regions and sectors at risk from future climate changes (data from HadCM3 using the A2 emission scenario).
|Water stress and drought risk Enlarge||Crop yield reduction risk Enlarge|
|Flooding risk Enlarge||The risks to human health Enlarge|