Rapid climate action could save ‘1.8 billion people’ from facing tropical storms

Rapid climate action could save ‘1.8 billion people’ from facing tropical storms

9/27/2021 11:20:00 PM

Rapid climate action could save ‘1.8 billion people’ from facing tropical storms

Meeting 1.5C target could save millions from ‘death, strong economic damages and forced migration’, lead scientist tells The Independent

It uses multiple different scenarios for both global heating and population growth.This includes a scenario where the world successfully limits global heating to 1.5C by 2100 and one where countries instead meet their current climate pledges, which would result in around 3C of warming by the end of the century.

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The findings show that early action on the climate crisis could greatly stem the number of people facing tropical cyclones over the coming decades, said Dr Geiger.“Timing is key, in terms of impact,” he said. This is because the global population is expected to peak around the middle century before declining again by 2100.

“If the world reaches 2C in 2050, there will be 40 per cent more people exposed than if the world reaches that same warming level in 2100,” Dr Geiger said.“By taking rapid action to postpone warming, you will have less people living at that time to be exposed.” headtopics.com

The findings also show that storm exposure increases will be concentrated in East Africa and the Arab Peninsula.“This is because of climate change but also because they will see rapid population growth,” said Dr Geiger. Read more: The Independent »

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