Time Span: 30 YearsThere is no foreseeable political or technological solution that will enable us to avert many of the climatic impacts projected here. …
Sea Level Rise: 0.23 meters
[This] scenario may be the best we can hope for.
It is certainly the least we ought to prepare for.
As a rule, wealthier countries (and wealthier individuals) will be better able to adapt to the impacts of climate change, while the disadvantaged will suffer the most. …
Consequently, even though the IPCC projects that the temperature increases at higher latitudes will be approximately twice the global average, it will be the developing nations in the Earth’s low latitudinal bands and sub-Saharan Africa that will be most adversely affected by climate change.
In the developing world even a relatively small climatic shift can trigger or exacerbate
- food shortages,
- water scarcity,
- destructive weather events,
- the spread of disease,
- human migration, and
- natural resource competition.
[Once the] first climate change domino [falls] — whether it be food scarcity or the outbreak of disease — [a cascade of geopolitical impacts ensues which becomes increasingly difficult to stop …]