Climate change risks, and their associated impacts, have the potential to affect every natural and human system. These risks are accelerating and what is a small risk in the near term could become an overwhelming risk in the medium to long term.
Yet, while current climate change risk assessments are both valuable and necessary, they are limited in scope by the speed with which new evidence of accelerating impacts emerge and there is a critical need for greater collective understanding of near-term climate hazards including amplifying tipping points about which the international community ought to be most concerned.
This event presents the latest research from an expert elicitation exercise that identified the near-term climate hazards that could create the biggest societal risks and impacts between now and 2030. It highlights the extent to which the world is appropriately monitoring and assessing these risks, how they are changing and what mechanisms may amplify them.
This research is complemented by an in-depth look at how climate risks, including higher temperatures and sustained droughts, are impacting fragile environments in the Jordan Valley and the Sahel.
This event, part of London Climate Action Week 2021, is a collaboration between the CASCADES project and the ‘Accelerating Climate Impacts’ project.
Dr Daniel Quiggin, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House
Baba Alfa Umar, Clinical Psychologist, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Nada Majdalani, Ecopeace
Chair: Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House