85 percent of people could be seeing climate impacts: study

85 percent of people could be seeing climate impacts: study
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A new study estimates that about 85 percent of the world’s population could be seeing climate impacts.

Researchers used machine learning to map out an estimated 100,000 studies of climate-related impacts and combined their analysis with data on human-caused changes in temperature and precipitation. 

They found there are temperature or precipitation trends that are at least partially attributable to human-influenced climate change visible on — excluding Antarctica — 80 percent of the world's land, where 85 percent of its people live

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Climate change has been linked to weather impacts including heat waves, more frequent and intense precipitation and droughts. 

The study was published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

“Our study leaves no doubt that the climate crisis is already being felt almost everywhere in the world. It is also extensively scientifically documented," Max Callaghan, a researcher with the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and the study’s  lead author, said in a statement. 

The study also notes that there is a “gap” between high-income and low-income countries on how much literature exists linking precipitation and temperature trends to climate change. 


The authors suggest that these areas are not studied as much, and not that they aren’t facing climate impacts. Callaghan told CNN that this means the 85 percent figure could be an underestimate.