Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal?

Date Published 2014, November 03

Institution World Bank

The third report in the Turn Down the Heat series finds that warming of about 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is already locked into the Earth’s atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions, meaning more severe droughts, sea level rise, and increasing risk to food and water security, coastal communities, and livelihoods. Without concerted action, the planet will continue to warm and extreme weather events that today occur once in hundreds of years could become the new climate normal, causing increased risks and instability. The report was prepared for the Word Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.