What global warming of 1.5°C and higher means for Kenya

Submitted by Roy Bouwer | published 30th Jan 2019 | last updated 30th Mar 2021
What global warming of 1.5°C and higher means for Kenya


The Paris Agreement has a goal of limiting global warming well below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. Understanding the local-level impacts of these global temperature targets is crucial for informing climate change adaptation needs and actions. To date, mitigation pledges by nations fall far short of what is needed, with the world on track to warm by 3.2°C by the end of the century.

This infographic* produced by the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project sumarises the impacts of  warming scenarios from 1.5-3°C in Kenya.

*Access the full infographic from the right-hand column.

Impacts of 1.5°C and higher in Kenya

  • For Kenya, local warming will be greater than the global average, with significant impacts for the already-warm climate.
    • Even a 1.5°C increase in global temperature will severely affect agriculture, health, and other vulnerable sectors.
  • Under an increasing emissions trajectory, the 1.5°C threshold could be breached within the next decade, and the 2°C threshold the decade after.
  • As impacts on climate extremes and vulnerable sectors will worsen with each half degree increment, and compromise Kenya’s development agenda, there is an urgent need to accelerate the country’s adaptation responses.