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Interactive map: The effects of climate change

The British government has created an interactive map demonstrating the impact of global warming in decades to come.


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Zoom in and click on the icons on the bottom of the map to see how the different effects of climate change are going to be felt across the world. For more details on each specific region click on the sign ‘+’.

The map, presented in October by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband at London’s Science Museum, shows graphically how climate change could lead to water and food shortages, mass migration and conflict if action is not taken at a landmark summit in Copenhagen in December.

“The reason for publishing this map is that for many people, not only in our own country but around the world, the penny hasn’t yet dropped that this climate change challenge is real, it’s happening now,” Mr Miliband said.

The effects of climate change are not in “some far flung future” but would affect hundreds of millions of people within his lifetime, he added, unveiling the map with his brother Ed, Britain’s climate change minister.

A 4 degree celsius increase could happen in his children’s lifetime, Miliband warned.

“The penny hasn’t dropped that Copenhagen is the chance to address — on a global scale — the challenge,” he said.

The map — which was developed using the latest peer-reviewed science from the Met Office Hadley Centre and other leading impact scientists — shows sea level rises and storm surges with temperatures rising up to 15 degrees, bringing increased risks of forest fires and droughts in Europe, and slashing harvests by up to 40 per cent in southeast Asia and Africa.

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