Why tackling climate change is vital to peace

The Economist Intelligence Unit; adelphi 2021: Why tackling climate change is vital to peace. Berlin: The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The relationship between climate change, peace and security has implications across the sustainable development agenda. An infographic by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Climate change has resulted in slow-onset changes like gradual temperature increases, rising sea levels, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, land and forest degradation, and salinisation. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are also increasing, including floods, droughts, wildfires and extreme heatwaves.

In 2017, global warming reached 1°C above pre-industrial levels. Without urgent action, this figure is on track to be 3°C by 2100, with catastrophic consequences (IPCC, 2019).

More than half of all food-insecure people around the world are located in fragile contexts or countries affected by conflict ( World Food Programme, 2020). 

In 2019, up to 25.9% of the world´s population faced moderate or severe levels of food insecurity, up from 22.4% in 2014. This number is projected to increase, particularly in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO, 2020). 

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