The Climate Briefing: Cascading climate risks

What could be the knock-on effects of failure to limit global warming?

Published 21 October 2021 Updated 29 September 2023 31 minute listen

A series of recent scientific studies have found that the world is on course for global warming far exceeding the 1.5 degree goal enshrined in the Paris Agreement, unless change is secured at COP26. Meanwhile across the globe communities are grappling with extreme weather events and natural disasters related to the climate crisis.

But beyond the obvious impacts of climate change, a whole host of further risks are emerging, exacerbated by the interconnectedness of the global economy and other socio-economic conditions. To find out more about these ‘cascading’ climate risks, Ben speaks to Professor Tim Benton.