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At least 85 percent of the world's population is already burdened by climate change |  environment

At least 85 percent of the world’s population is already burdened by climate change | environment

At least 85 percent of the world’s population is already experiencing the effects of climate change. This should be evident from an extensive study in which data from over 100,000 studies were analyzed using artificial intelligence (AI). The result was published in the professional journal The nature of climate change.




Interest in climate change has seriously increased in recent years; Among the population, but also among scientists. As a result, new studies are launched almost daily on everything related to climate. The result? A large set of diverse data that defines different aspects. Together, they have led to the harsh judgment that 85 percent of the world’s population is already suffering from climate change and its consequences.

“Our study leaves no doubt that the climate crisis is being felt almost everywhere in the world,” said lead researcher Max Callahan. “We now have a huge burden to prove it.”

Crisis can be felt in different ways. Think not only of the increase in the number of heat waves and floods, but also of failed crops. After that, 85 percent may be an underestimate, believes Frederic Otto, a climate expert who was not involved in the study.

What is remarkable about this research is that no less than 100,000 study results were used. These results were not performed manually. Instead, the researchers turned on the AI. For example, an algorithm taught them where in the world people are suffering from the impact of climate change. The results of that algorithm were then compared with data and models about temperature and precipitation in these areas. Callahan said climate change from Brussels to Tokyo is “visible and felt almost everywhere in the world”.

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timing

The timing of the large-scale investigation is not accidental. The Glasgow climate conference will start at the end of October, which was normally supposed to take place in 2020 but has been postponed by a year due to the pandemic. distance An ominous report from the United Nations (UN) We have already mentioned that the promised efforts are absolutely not enough to keep the temperature rise below 1.5 degrees this century, and it remains to be seen what efforts the member states are still willing to make. After all, some of the world’s biggest polluters, including China and India, have never made any official promises.