In another example of timely, pre-Copenhagen publication the insurer Allianz commissioned the WWF to produce a study of tipping points in the climate and Earth system. The report examines the socio-economic consequences and insurance implications associated with four key impacts arising from tipping points:
- Global sea level rise of up to 2 metres
- Shifts in hydrological systems in Asia
- Committed die-back of the Amazon rainforest
- Shift to a very arid climatology in South-western North America
And just to make sure the study is user friendly, an animated version of the report is also available.