8 September 2014
Briefing series unpacks climate change impacts for cities and other sectors
- The particular impact on cities of climate change, and the urgency of acting to protect people in urban areas (predicted to be 64% of the world’s population by 2050)
- The significant impact of climate change on agriculture, including reduced crop yields, and predicted food price rises of 37% (rice), 55% (maize), and 11% (wheat) by 2050.
- The potential for more energy efficient buildings to play a big part in reducing emissions
- The significant potential for the energy sector to reduce emissions, including by switching to lower-carbon fuels, improving energy efficiency, and introducing carbon capture and storage
- The disruptive impacts climate change will have on the stability of the financial system
- The potential for losses to global fisheries of up to $40bn by 2050
- The way climate change acts as a ‘threat multiplier’, driving involuntary migration and indirectly increasing the risks of violent conflict
- The need for additional energy supply investments of between $190-900bn per year from now until 2050, in order to meet the 2°C target.
Check out the press release and the 20-page summary for climate change’s Implications for Cities
All briefings can be downloaded at: www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/ipcc. The UN Foundation’s Climasphere will promote the series as part of its online announcements ahead of the New York Summit: www.climasphere.org.