Is your country

Climate
vulnerable?

Climate Vulnerability is used to describe economies and ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to warming and the many other complex impacts from climate change. Frequently, the most vulnerable countries are those who have far lower historically-integrated emissions but are the most affected. This disparity is known as climate injustice.

Regional STORIES

Africa

Numerous disasters throughout the African continent, including drought, excessive heat, disease and sea level rise, are amplified by rapid changes in the Arctic region.
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Asia

Some of the most devastating impacts are felt in the southeastern regions–far from the continent’s Arctic scapes. In southeastern Asia, this rapid polar warming has exacerbated recent disasters, including persistent heat waves, powerful storms, drought, cold spells, and flooding.
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Central and South America

Central America and the South American continent stretches from the tropics and almost reaches as far as Antarctica and the warming polar regions are felt through the whole continent.
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Europe

Europe is the fastest warming continent and the effects of rapid polar melting are felt everyday.
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North America and Caribbean

The North American continent stretches from the Arctic to the tropics. However, whether fires and heat domes encapsulating the western coast, storms in the tropics or cold freezes in Texas, the effects of an Arctic warming four times faster than the rest of the world are felt throughout the entire continent.
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Pacific

Despite the distance between Oceania and the Arctic, sea level rise from the melt of Greenland are felt globally. Highly susceptible to tropical storms, the Pacific region is also affected by the same warming that drives Greenlandic and sea ice melt that increases the potency of storms
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How does the ARCTIC increase Global Risks?

The Arctic has warmed four times faster than the global average since 1979 (Rantananen et al., 2022).

This rate, reaching seven times faster in parts of the Eurasian Arctic, is caused by Arctic amplification. While Arctic amplification is significantly driven by the loss of sea ice and northern hemisphere snow cover, Arctic amplification increases ice sheet melt, accelerating sea level rise, as well as further hastening sea ice and northern hemisphere snow cover losses, contributing to the Arctic wildfire seasons and permafrost thaw. Arctic warming is increasing carbon emissions from fire and permafrost degradation, a process not well captured by global climate models

Want to know more about how Arctic amplification and other Arctic change is intensifying global risks? Explore our Global Risks page.

Is the ARCTIC Climate Vulnerable?

Rapid Arctic warming and melt are amplifying existing threats to Arctic communities, as well climate-vulnerable areas around the world.

The Arctic itself is also a climate vulnerable region, affected first and worst by climate change. To find out how rapid Arctic warming is affecting Arctic communities please see our SDG pages where we highlight how each of the SDG issues is experienced in the Arctic.

Here we look at the global risks of Arctic change and present regional case studies (linked below) which highlight major issues affecting some of the most climate vulnerable regions around the world, showing how the influence of a warming Arctic far exceeds its geography.

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