Oct. 12, 2021 — The effects of climate change span the globe and have reached an overwhelming majority of people on Earth in the form of coastal flooding, wildfires, and other climate-related events, new findings suggest.
Using a special computer program to analyze the sizeable amount of data on climate change, researchers report that about 85% of people have felt its effects, according toresults published Monday in Nature Climate Change.
To come to this conclusion, scientists fed published summaries of more than 100,000 studies on climate change into a computer trained to identify key information. The computer mapped that information onto a global grid of data on local temperature and precipitation changes that are linked to human activity.
The maps show where these precipitation and temperature shifts — both of which are measures of climate change — were likely connected to climate-related outcomes such as drought, flo