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The Impact of a Global Temperature Rise of 4°C (7°F)
|source: The Telegraph, UK
The interactive map below shows some of the possible impacts of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees Celsius. It underlines why the UK Government and other countries believe we must keep global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times. It underlines why the UK Government and other countries believe we must keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, because beyond that the impacts will be increasingly disruptive to our global prosperity and security. The map includes videos from the contributing scientists, led by the Met Office Hadley Centre, talking about their research. It also includes examples of what the FCO and British Council are doing to build understanding globally on the urgent need for all countries to support the move to a low carbon economy. It will provide a platform to show the FCO's on-going work on climate change and the low-carbon transition.To view this content you will need to install Google Earth
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Chile's Climate is Changing
The potential effect of Climate Change on Chilean territory as a whole has been assessed by the Department of Geophysics at the University of Chile, with whom we have partnered on this endeavor to contribute to understanding of the environment at a local scale. It is particularly important to understand that, given its latitudinal extension (spanning 39 latitude degrees) this is, per se, a multi-climatic country; from the driest desert on Earth, at the very north end to the extreme precipitation of Patagonia, at the end of the world.
It is through climate scenario modeling that scientists have anticipated that by 2100 the continental area, especially in the Andes mountain range, will experience temperature increase due to albedo effect, derived from the loss of snow coverage, considered super strong at the northern half of the country, with over 5oC increase and considered strong on the southern portion of the range (including Patagonia) increasing 3 to 4 oC by the end of the century.
Precipitation will decrease with anticipated droughts in the central area of the country (30% decrease) where the highest rates of agricultural production is located to date, while it concentrates over 40% of the Chilean population. With a 2,700-mile coastline, Chile is extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise and other oceanic phenomena in any scenario of global warming.