New York Magazine published an article by David Wallace-Wells detailing the potential impacts of climate change if no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the article explores “worst case” scenarios of change in the climate system and the resulting impacts on human populations.

Scientists reviewed the article to determine whether the descriptions of those scenarios accurately reflect the state of scientific knowledge. The reviewers found that many explanations of climate change impacts in the article are correct, but other statements in this complex article do misrepresent research on the topic, leaving readers with an overall conclusion that is exaggerated compared to our best scientific understanding.

Please keep in mind the negative rating means there are inacurracies, unfounded and/or incorrect explanations in the article. That does not negate the reality of climate change and the severity of its consequences.