Map of Climate Change Hotspots
Will A River Still Run Through It?
Around the world, climate change is melting glaciers that feed major rivers, contributing to drought-induced hydroelectricity blackouts, and threatening the water supply and river resources of billions of people. As major rivers worldwide experience dramatic changes in flow due to dams, their natural ability to adjust to and absorb disturbances decreases. Rather than being part of the solution, dirty dams are too often a big part of the problem.
Here we present a few key climate change impacts that threaten the world’s rivers and the people who depend on them. We will be updating this map periodically. If you would like to suggest other important cases to add to the map, please add a comment below.
Click on the image above to view the interactive map. You can also view Global Warming and River Hotspots in Google Maps Engine.
|Droughts, high temperatures|
|Glacial melt, risk of glacial lake outburst floods|
|Floods, coastal storms and rising sea levels|
|Indicates key areas where multiple climate change impacts or climate-related activities are occurring|
A version of this was published in World Rivers Review, December 2009 issue (which focused on climate change)