UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization



Facts & Figures

    Climate change is expected to affect all people and all ecosystems. Many of these effects will be negative, but increasing resilience can improve our ability to adapt to change.

    • The current world population of 6.5 billion is expected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050
    • 2.1 billion people live on less than US$ 2 a day
    • Almost 1 billion people live on less than US$ 1 a day
    • 1.6 billion people have no access to electricity
    • 2.4 billion people lack access to modern fuels for cooking and heating
    • 1.1 billion people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water
    • Climate change is expected to put 49 million extra people at risk of hunger by 2020, and 132 million by 2050
    • 56 million people live along coastlines which would be flooded by a one-meter rise in sea level
    • The ecological footprint of all nations in 2006 exceeded the capacity of the Earth by 30%
    • Ecosystems on land and sea are already being profoundly affected

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