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The impact of a global temperature rise of 2C

UK Met Service

This poster, viewable online, highlights some of the impacts of a global-average temperature rise of 2 degrees C above the pre-industrial age climate.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators could seed a discussion of this map with questions about why certain impacts are projected for different regions.
  • Important caveat at the bottom of the page notes that adaptive capacity not taken into consideration.
  • Given that 2 degrees C is now a likely minimum of change, what can be done to adapt human systems to the change and how will ecosystems on which we depend adapt?

About the Science

  • This visualization shows some of the major global impacts from a global mean temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius.
  • It was produced by the UK Met Office - Hadley Centre.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The map is information-rich.
  • It encourages students to explore how a number of different impacts are connected to temperature rise and to each other, and how these impacts differ around the globe.

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