Who lives in the pineapple under the sea? You do.
Or at least you will if the global temperatures continue to go up, consequently making sea levels rise.
According to Climate Interactive's scoreboard, if no action is taken to control greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures are estimated to increase up to 8.1°F (4.5°C) by 2100.
Aware of the damaging consequences, the United Nations is holding a climate change meeting in Paris next month where countries of the world will pledge their intended carbon emission cuts for 2020–2030. The goal is to keep the global temperatures increase to only 3.6°F (2°C). However, from current proposals, it seems like the scenario is closer to a 6.3°F (3.5°C) warming by 2100.
OK, but what do all of these numbers have to do with you? Well, take a look at this:
Mumbai is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, with many parts of the city lying just a tiny bit above the sea level. The image above shows what a horrendous impact a slight temperature change could have on Mumbai.
And not Mumbai alone.
According to research group Climate Central, "unabated carbon emissions up to the year 2100 would commit an eventual global sea-level rise of 4.3–9.9 meters (14–32 feet)." And coastal cities worldwide will be the first ones to experience the aftermath.
Major cities such as London, New York, Shanghai and others might end up being completely flooded.
London, United Kingdom
To draw people's attention to the possible consequences of global warming, Climate Central teamed up with visual artist Nickolay Lamm and created a series of projections that imagine what the major landmarks would look like with 3.6°F (2°C) and 7.2°F (4°C) warming.
The photos are based on a peer-reviewed research and reflect the catastrophic impact of increasing carbon emissions.
Check out more images below! By moving the slider left to right, you can compare the two images and get a better understanding of how fragile Earth's climate actually is.
Durban, South Africa
New York, United States
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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