What are the consequences of global warming for our ecosystems?

24 January 2020

Our natural ecosystems serve as a buffer for climate change impacts. For example: coral reefs reduce the impacts of sea surges and tropical storm waves before they reach the shoreline, forests can act as a carbon sink, etc. Yet, these ecosystems have trouble adapting to the rapid changes caused by global warming, leading to severe degradation with the risk of total collapse. All of this increases the vulnerability of nature and of our societies even more.