Rising temperatures from climate change will slow economic productivity, and if left unchecked will lower the average global wage by 25 per cent by 2100, according to a new study.

Economic productivity peaks at 13 ºC, and declines at lower or higher temperatures, according to a review of global economic data from the World Bank.

This decline will increase the gap between rich and poor nations, as it primarily affects countries in Africa, South America, and Asia in a negative way, yet will have primarily positive results for North America, Europe, and Northern Asia.

Original research paper published in Nature on October 21, 2015.

Names and affiliations of selected author

Marshall Burke, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.