A stark warning has been given by the UN which states that at least a quarter of the world will dry up if Paris Agreement targets fail.
The study predicts that a global rise in temperatures of 2C beyond pre-industrial levels will cause increased desertification, more wildfires and droughts and affect agricultural production levels and quality.
The UN state that temperatures have already risen by 1C, shortening the time left to make substantial changes before further damage occurs and obligations are hit.
In the report, the organisation suggests that a limited rise of just 1.5C will avoid much of the drying out of the earth, particularly across Southern Europe, Central America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and coastal areas of Australia.
Currently, the likelihood of global warming being limited to 1.5C under the Paris Agreement terms is suggested at around two-thirds.