Emergent risks and key vulnerabilities

Michael Oppenheimer, Maximiliano Campos, Rachel Warren, Joern Birkmann, George Luber, Brian O’Neill, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Mike Brklacich, Sergey Semenov, Rachel Licker, Solomon Hsiang

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This chapter assesses climate-related risks in the context of Article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). {Box 19.1} Such risks arise from the interaction of the evolving exposure and vulnerability of human, socioeconomic, and biological systems with changing physical characteristics of the climate system. {19.2} Alternative development paths influence risk by changing the likelihood of climatic events and trends (through their effects on greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other emissions) and by altering vulnerability and exposure. {19.2.4, Figure 19-1, Box 19-2}.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change 2014 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Subtitle of host publicationPart A: Global and Sectoral Aspects
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages62
ISBN (Electronic)9781107415379
ISBN (Print)9781107058071
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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