Floods ravage the countryside of Pakistan, as changing precipitation patterns exacerbate development problems. Glaciers melt in mountain ranges from Peru to Nepal, changing water availability and causing unpredictable outbursts. The low-lying atolls of the Maldives are gradually inundated as the Indian Ocean rises, increasing the impacts of storm surge. Increased sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean impact the monsoon cycle and precipitation patterns in east Africa. These current events are indicative of potential future situations with the extreme and unpredictable conditions wrought by climate change.
Last updated: September 25, 2013