Places most affected by climate change mapped

One of the main problems of climate change is that any local pollution has

far-reaching consequences, said the former chiefResearcher Dr. Kyle Van Houtan. When we burn fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, the impact is often exported to remote areas.

Research confirms that whilePeople living near refineries, drilling and manufacturing facilities experience local health and environmental impacts, and emissions from a relatively small area raise temperatures in communities and ecosystems around the world.

The study shows the emissions of the four main fuel agents, which account for 92% of all greenhouse gas emissions, from 1970 to 2018:

  • carbon dioxide (CO2),
  • methane (CH4),
  • nitrous oxide (N2O),
  • black carbon (sometimes called PM2.5).

The authors compared the sources of these emissions with global temperature forecasts for the entire surface of the planet.

They confirmed that although the emission sources arecausing climate change are dotted, the consequences are more widespread. It is noteworthy that 90% of all greenhouse gas emissions are generated by human activities on 8% of the Earth's surface area, but by the end of the 21st century, more than half of the Earth's land mass will experience strong warming.

The study also identified economicimbalances associated with climate change. Researchers have shown how more developed and industrially active regions such as Western Europe, northeastern North America and the Gulf States emit significant amounts of heat-trapping emissions, but will experience relatively less climate impact.

The countries in Africa and Central Asia that emit the least of these emissions will experience the greatest impacts from the burning of fossil fuels.

Read more:

Changes in the Earth's orbit contributed to the emergence of complex life on the planet

Nebulae, comets and stellar nurseries: showing the best astrophotography of the year

Coronavirus in a cave: all about Chinese miners who suffered from strange pneumonia in 2012