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One in 10 will live in climate hotspots by 2100

Published on Jul 2, 2013 6:19 AM
 
Aerial view of the São João da Barra Falls on the Juruena River, Juruena National Park, Brazil. Amazon River Basin, South America. One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: WWF/ ZIG KOCH

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday.

These so-called climate "hotspots" will be most widespread in the southern Amazon, with "severe changes" in water availability, yields and ecosystems, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a US journal.

The second largest hotspot region is southern Europe, where water shortages and crop failures would lead to hardships for the population, said the study led by Franziska Piontek of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

"Overlapping impacts of climate change in different sectors have the potential to interact and thus multiply pressure on the livelihoods of people in the affected regions," said Piontek.

 
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