Cartography of Climate Change

From tornado patterns to desert borders and wheat growth patterns, climatic zones are shifting with climate change. A series of maps illustrates these hard-to-picture changes—such as how the Sahara desert has swelled 10% since 1902, inhibiting some developing countries’ ability to grow food.

A third of the shift is down to climate change, according to University of Maryland researchers. Another study estimates that the area covered by permafrost could shrink from nearly 4 million square miles to under 0.4 million by 2100.

These changes have “pulled the map out from under the people living on the edges.” Nicola Jones writes.

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