More than 70 percent of the world’s land mass has already been altered by global warming, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
And the United States is among the worst affected.
In a recent report, the Pew Environment Group said that climate change was the single biggest factor in land changes around the world, and it is expected to impact more than 5 percent of all land surface.
“Our results show that changes in land use and climate are driving land degradation in the United Sates and the world,” said Pew Environment’s director of global land and environmental studies.
The report was released Thursday in advance of the World Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
The U.S. has already seen its land change rates soar by more than a quarter, as its population has grown by about 10 percent, the report said.
The top five countries with the highest increases in land loss are all in the U.K., which is the home of the Great Barrier Reef.
But some of the worst impacts are happening in Africa, with the U-turn rate in Senegal rising by an average of 50 percent.
The United States, by contrast, is getting worse.
The Pew report notes that the U,S.
is the worst place to be a farmer, as it has already lost about 60 percent of its cropland in the past 100 years.
The worst-affected regions include California, New York, Texas, Florida, Texas and New Mexico, according the report.