Climate change impacts in Costa Rica

Climate change impacts in Costa Rica - what the IPCC 4th Assessment Report has found:
  • In the future, sea level rise, weather and climatic variability and extremes modified by global warming are very likely to have impacts on availability of drinking water in the Pacific coast 13.4.4].
  • Amphibian extinctions/extinction risks on mountains due to climate-change induced disease outbreaks with temperature increase of 0.6°C above pre-industrial levels [Table 4.1].
  • Mesoamerican coral reef is expected to be threatened, with consequences over a number of endangered species: e.g. the green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, the West Indian manatee and the American and Motelet's species of crocodile with warmer Sea Surface Temperature of 1°C-3°C by the 2080s [Table 13.7].
  • Punta Arenas coast: With SLR of 0.3m and 1.0 m, seawater would penetrate 150 m to 500m affecting 60%-90% of urban areas [Table 13.7].
	© WWF Central America / Cinthya Flores
View of the middle and upper basin of the Aranjuez River, in Costa Rica's Central Pacific region.
© WWF Central America / Cinthya Flores

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  • Carlos Drews

    Director Global Species Program

    WWF International,


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