Broad threat to humanity from climate change

Dr. Camilo Mora - UH Manoa Department of Geography
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Bilger 150

The ongoing emission of greenhouse gases is causing the planet to warm up; and given interconnected physics this is also causing drought, heatwaves, wildfires, extreme precipitation, floods, and sea level rise, among others. This chain of actions and reactions is causing damages to basic aspects of human life such health, food, water, infrastructure, economy and security. In this presentation, I describe global scale analyses about the already observed impacts on humanity from multiple climate hazards that are being antagonized by our ongoing emission of greenhouse gases. I also describe projections of these hazards under alternative scenarios, which suggest that we are creating a planetary environment in which such impacts will be difficult to escape. Yet, solutions are still within reach, and here I will also describe a low hanging fruit to fix climate change via ecosystem restoration.