CLIMATE CHANGE triggered by temperatures warming by four degrees will put 5.9 million UK residents at risk from rising sea levels. A two-degree rise will threaten 3.9 million people.
The findings, published by Climate Central, come as the UK’s Met Office also released new figures showing that global temperatures will likely rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels for the first time this year.
The UN announced last week that the carbon reduction pledges made by countries will deliver less than half those required to keep temperature rises within the two degree limit.
Countries have submitted their plans to cut 11 gigatonnes of carbon ahead of the COP21 talks in Paris next month, but that leaves a shortfall of 12 gigatonnes, the UN said.