WASHINGTON : One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday.

These so-called climate “hotspots” will be most widespread in the southern Amazon, with “severe changes” in water availability, yields and ecosystems, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a United State of America  journal.

The second largest hotspot region is southern Europe, where water shortages and crop failures would lead to hardships for the population, said the study led by Franziska Piontek of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.