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Impacts of climate change

Even though global warming is expressed as a single figure - the average temperature rise of the whole planet's surface - the effect will not be spread evenly.

The planet faces a range of scenarios depending on the level of continuing greenhouse gas emissions. Some change is inevitable but the extent and severity of long-term climate disruption depends on future emissions.

This infographic shows many of the main drivers of climate change, climate system responses, and impacts on people and ecosystems

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  • Drivers of Climate Change. These are (largely anthropogenic) factors that result in a change to the climate system, such as the emission of greenhouse gases
  • Changes to the Climate System Responses of the Climate system to the Drivers of Climate Change, such as rising sea levels and more extreme weather events
  • Impacts The impacts of climate change on people and ecosystems

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