Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 327–351, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-327-2016
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 327–351, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-327-2016
Research article
21 Apr 2016
Research article | 21 Apr 2016

Differential climate impacts for policy-relevant limits to global warming: the case of 1.5 °C and 2 °C

Carl-Friedrich Schleussner et al.

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We present for the first time a comprehensive assessment of key climate impacts for the policy relevant warming levels of 1.5 °C and 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. We report substantial impact differences in intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, regional water availability and agricultural yields, sea-level rise and risk of coral reef loss. The increase in climate impacts is particularly pronounced in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
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