Note — May 24, 2020

End of the ‘Human Climate Niche’

David Wallace-Wells with some of the numbers and research showing that humans inhabit a narrow climate niche, one that is rapidly changing. This could mean that, by 2070, 1.5 or even 2.5 billion people could conceivably find themselves “out of the climate niche,” living and leaving areas newly unfit for human life.

We tend to think of climate impacts as discreet threats: a wildfire, a hurricane, a drought. By the year 2100, it’s possible that parts of the planet will be hit by six climate-driven natural disasters at once. Wildfires tearing through communities cowering terrified by a rolling pandemic only counts as two.