The Climate Vulnerability Monitor assesses the impact of climate change on 184 countries, providing a global overview of our vulnerability to climate change. It provides fair estimates of the types of impacts we are already facing. It also shows where those impacts are taking place — with most of the harm falling on already poor and vulnerable communities. The Monitor also captures our evolving vulnerability, which is on the rapid increase globally.
The Monitor takes a new approach to assessing the climate vulnerability of the world and its regions, countries and communities. Its analysis is built around four distinct climate impact areas, five levels — called factors — of vulnerability to climate change, and two points in time, 2010 and 2030.
Climate Impact Areas
Health Impact – additional mortality to climate sensitive diseases
Weather Disasters – additional mortality and damage in storms, floods and wildfires
Habitat Loss – additional loss of human habitat to rising seas, and degrading arid lands
Economic Stress – extra losses in the primary/agricultural sectors of the economy and to key natural resources
Climate Vulnerability Factors
Acute (most vulnerable category)
Low (least vulnerable category)