The effects of climate change could already affect 85% of the world’s population, according to an analysis of thousands of studies released this Monday (11).
A team of researchers analyzed nearly 100,000 studies on global warming published between 1951 and 2018 with the help of a computer system.
“We have anecdotal evidence that Climate change They affect all continents, all systems,” survey author Max Callaghan told AFP.
Callaghan and researchers from the Mercator Institute in Berlin mapped the world and the effects of climate change. The results show that 80% of Earth, a region that houses 85% of the world’s population, is affected by changes in temperature and precipitation associated with global warming.
The effects are less documented in poorer countries. Rainfall trends and temperature changes in Africa may be related to climate change, “but we don’t have many studies that document the consequences of these trends,” explains Max Callaghan, which adds to “our understanding of the effects.” blind spot”. “
Climate change research has grown rapidly in recent years, with about 1,500 studies published between 1951 and 1990, compared with 75,000 to 85,000 over the past five years.