Images produced by the non-profit organization Climate Central have shown how major sites across the US will slowly sink underwater if current carbon emissions targets are not met.
Researchers’ projections indicate that cities in California, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the East Coast will see sea levels rise dramatically over the coming centuries as a result of the climate crisis.
The collection of pictures shows the difference between 1.5C of global warming, which was the target limit set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, and 3C, which is currently on the planet by 2100 based on current emissions levels.
Meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement could cut sea level rise by almost half. Visualizations indicate which places still have potential for savings, and at what point they will be lost.
“In this case a picture is worth 1,000 words, or 1,000 years,” said Benjamin Strauss, CEO and chief scientist at Climate Central. Guardian.
At next month’s Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, delegates from around the world will be asked to commit to new goals in response to the climate crisis.
“The decisions we make in Glasgow and the actions we take in this decade will have an impact for hundreds and thousands of years,” Mr Strauss said. “This group is being remembered for what they chose: Have you chosen a thriving future with a habitable climate or have you chosen to drown the world’s coastal places?”
Researchers at Climate Central predicted different global warming scenarios to see which communities were most at risk, and showed that in a worst-case scenario, sea levels would rise enough to displace 15 percent of the world’s population. could.
“We have seen sea level rise of about a foot in the last century,” said Mr. Strauss. “Looking forward we’re talking about 10 feet in the best case scenario and 30 feet in the worst case scenario.”
However, he pointed out that sea level rise is no longer constant, and there is no guaranteed rate of change that can be planned.
climate central report good said that in a 4C warming scenario, 50 major cities, mostly in Asia, would face land loss, and several smaller island nation pairs would be almost completely destroyed.
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