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Global Action

The impacts of climate change will not respect borders. Vulnerable and developing countries will be the first and hardest hit, but developed countries too will inevitably face consequences.

Case studies from around the world profile how regions are responding to the threats and opportunities that climate change pose.


Blue colored world map: Africa. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

Vulnerable countries that have contributed least to climate change but will be effected by its impacts


Blue colored world map: Americas. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

The diversity of geography, economies and political systems across the Americas means that the issue of climate change is perceived and addressed in many different ways.


Blue colored world map: Asia. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

Home to the huge emerging economies of China and India, the industrial power of Japan, and to many small island nations vulnerable to climate change.


Blue colored world map: Australasia. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

Home to Australia - one of the largest per capita emitters in the world - and also low lying Pacific island states that will face sea level rise and ocean acidification.


Blue colored world map: Europe. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

From the Arctic north to the hot Mediterranean south, climate change will have varied impacts. Internationally, the European Union's '20-20-20' targets are at the forefront of global ambition

Middle East

Blue colored world map: Middle East. Credit: John Lamb (Getty)

A Gulf heavily dependent on oil for revenue, and where climate models point to increased desertification, increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events.