Warming World: Impacts by Degree
This booklet summarizes the findings of a report from the National Research Council, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia (2011). The report summarizes the impacts of greenhouse gas stabilization targets on near-term and future climate change - evaluating the implications of different targets, with particular emphasis on avoiding serious or irreversible impacts on the Earth’s climate. Each stabilization target discussed results in a different future climate, with changes that may be difficult or impossible to reverse for millennia. This report also evaluates impacts expected to occur in the next few decades to centuries.
The report identifies and quantifies expected impacts, including impacts on precipitation, streamflow, wildfires, crop productivity, extreme weather such as hurricanes, and sea-level rise and its associated risks and vulnerabilities. Effects on streamflow, wildfires, rainfall, loss of wetlands, reduced crop yields and other climate impacts are presented with respect to current statistics.
Publication Date: 2011
- The National Academies
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)
- Air temperature
- Extreme storms and hurricanes
- Ocean acidification
- Permafrost melt
- Precipitation changes
- Sea-level rise
- Water quality
- Water supply