Climate change links all countries and humans on the planet as few other issues do. The effects of human activity on climate in one country impact social, economic, and environmental systems far beyond its borders. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events, accelerated sea level rise, shifts in plant and animal ranges, and spread of heat-related diseases are already having significant effects and are predicted to worsen in the future.
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center and McGill University’s Climate Change and Adaptation Research Group have developed a globally comparative, quantitatively comparable database on climate adaptation policies worldwide. Our findings about adaptation to risks, actions taken by countries in different adaptation areas, and the inclusion of people with varying needs in planning and implementation are displayed on the maps in this section.