What does a 0.76°C temperature rise mean?
- More severe storms, floods, droughts and fire
This small temperature rise could threaten human health, lives, industries and jobs. Global warming threatens agricultural production, fresh water supplies and the survival of native species and ecosystems.
This small temperature rise also means we can expect:
- More hurricanes and cyclones in the Caribbean, the United States and Burma
- More extensive droughts in eastern Africa, Australia, southern Europe and parts of China and India
- More devastating floods like those in Pakistan (in 2010), Brazil and Australia (in 2011), and other parts of the world
The impacts of a warming world are concerning enough when considered one by one, but the view worsens when you consider them collectively.
Climate change is the world’s greatest threat.
Global warming has emerged as the single greatest threat to Australia’s biodiversity.
Global warming has emerged as the single greatest threat to Australia’s biodiversity. Scientists predict that a 1.5°C global temperature rise may see 25% of the Earth’s animals and plants disappear
; a 3°C rise may see 30% disappear
The Great Barrier Reef will also be significantly affected by climate change, with scientists predicting that a 1.5°C temperature rise will result in 97% of the Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching
. For more information, go to impacts of global warming and climate change – nature at risk.