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Weather in 2050 - It’s gonna get HOT

Globally, temperatures are expected to rise by 2 degrees compared to temperatures during the “pre-industrial” period (1850-1900).

An increase of only 2 degrees will lead to stronger natural disasters and destruction of ecosystems.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), climate change will impact global GDP. The US is expected to see GDP per capita decline by 10.5%, China’s by 4.3%, and the European Union’s by 4.6% by 2100.

According to the World Bank, as many as 140 million people could be displaced by 2050 due to rising temperatures, sea levels, and droughts.

The Environment in 2050

In a study published in the journal Nature, air pollution currently kills about 3.3 million people a year worldwide, with the majority of deaths in Asia. Numbers are expected to double to 6.6 million by 2050.

Oceans and Water in 2050: No more seafood

According to studies, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Raising questions of whether or not it will be safe to eat seafood in 2050.

By 2050, global sea levels are expected to rise by 20-30cm, effectively disrupting the lives of over 150 million people who are living on land below the high-tide line

Vietnam in 2050 - New Projections from NY Times

Bangkok in 2050 - New Projections from NY Times

Shanghai in 2050 - New Projections from NY Times

So what now?

Some like to debate that a healthy planet and a growing economy cannot co-exist. However, we believe it is in our own power to develop a society where the environment, local communities, and humanistic values are at the center of our economy.

“It’s like somebody being given a diagnosis of a terminal illness. Mother earth is giving us a wake-up call. Suddenly it makes you ask: “What am I doing with the rest of my time on earth?”” - Julien Emile-Geay an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at USC.

What will you do for the remainder of your time here? How will you make a difference today?

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