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Which Countries in the Americas are Likely to
Suffer First from Global Warming?

Last updated: 18 May 2024
Climate change is likely to cause many different problems ranging from rising sea levels to more erratic and severe weather patterns. While impossible to be sure of the precise impact of global warming, it is reasonable to suppose that those countries with the highest average temperatures today will be first in line to suffer serious problems.

The United Nations Climate Action Fast Facts documentation lists (amongst others) the following items relating to temperature rise, that are already measurable:

  • 2015-2019 were the five warmest years on record while 2010-2019 was the warmest decade on record.
  • Global surface temperature has increased faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over at least the last 2,000 years.
  • On the current path of carbon dioxide emissions, temperature could increase by as much as 4.4°C by the end of the century.
  • The Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the 1800s. We are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target to keep global temperature from exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That is considered the upper limit to avoid the worst fallout from climate change.
The table shows average temperatures over various periods for the ten currently hottest countries in the Americas.

Temperature Change for top 10 Hottest Countries in the Americas
Degrees Centigrade
Which Countries in the Americas are Likely to - Suffer First from Global Warming?

Data source: World Bank CCKP & World Economics

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