Impacts of global warming – the facts
- Global warming is melting glaciers in every part of the world, putting millions of people at risk from floods, droughts and shortages of drinking water
- Arctic sea ice reached its third lowest recorded level during the melt season of 2010. The lowest level since satellite measurements began in 1979 was in 2007
- Scotland’s hottest year on record – in 2003 – killed hundreds of adult salmon as rivers became too warm for them to extract enough oxygen from the water
- Summer temperatures in European capitals have increased by up to 2°C over the past 30 years, a WWF report showed
- Rising sea levels threaten entire nations on low-lying islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Read Climate Witness stories about the impact of rising sea levels in the South Pacific and India
- The report Global Warming contributes to Australia's worst drought released by WWF and leading meteorologists shows that human-induced global warming was a key factor in the severity of the 2002 drought in Australia, generally regarded as the worst ever.