Climate Central has released a series of stark interactive images that show what will happen to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks if the climate change crisis is not addressed. Climate Central is a non-profit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science. Their latest research shows that under the current emissions trajectory leading to a global warming of 3 degrees Celsius, around 50 major cities around the world will lose most of their land area due to “uninterrupted sea level rise. for hundreds of years “. Many of the world’s most iconic structures will be underwater for years to come if global warming is allowed to go unchecked, their research shows.
Parts of Asia face the biggest global exposure, the environmental campaign group said, adding that China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia are all among the five countries most exposed to a rise. long-term.
Peer-reviewed research in collaboration with researchers at Princeton University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany has enabled Climate Central to develop powerful visual tools to show the impact of this predicted rise in the level of the sea.
The images below show the future sea level projected at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, also known as the Prince of Wales Museum. Users can switch between a number of scenarios, examine current conditions, and compare where water levels could end up after 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming versus 3 degrees Celsius, if we allow uncontrolled carbon pollution.
However, it is important to note that the timing of the rise is difficult to predict: these sea levels can take hundreds of years to fully realize.
Climate Central worked with visual artist Nickolay Lamm to create photorealistic illustrations of projected sea level rise. Besides Mumbai, this visual tool explores the impact of climate change in 180 locations around the world.
These images show the future projected sea level at Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland
Cape Town City Center in Cape Town, South Africa
St Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK
You can view the full list here.
According to Climate Central, scenarios showing a warming of 1.5 degrees are only possible if we reduce climate pollution “deeply and immediately”.
“Higher levels of warming will require unprecedented global defenses against flooding or forced abandonment in dozens of the world’s major coastal cities,” the report says. “If we limit warming to 1.5 ° C through strict adherence to the Paris Agreement, these consequences could be limited to a handful of places.”
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