The images produced by the nonprofit organization Climate Central show how major sites across America are gradually submerged if they do not meet current carbon emission targets.
Researchers’ projections suggest that California, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the East Coast will experience dramatic rise in sea levels in the coming centuries as a result of the climate crisis.
The collection of images shows the difference between 1.5C global warming, a target limit set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the planet is on course by 2100 based on the current emission level of 3C.
Meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement could reduce sea level rise by almost half. Visualizations indicate which locations are still allowed to be saved and at what time they are lost.
“A picture is worth 1,000 words, or in this case 1,000 years,” said Benjamin Strauss, CEO and chief scientist at the Climate Center The watchman.
At the Cop 26 climate conference in Glasgow next month, 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 affect hundreds and thousands of years,” Mr Strauss said. “This group will be remembered for their choice: Did you choose a thriving future with a living environment, or did you choose to immerse yourself in the world’s coastal destinations?”
Researchers at Climate Central forecast various global warming scenarios to see which communities are most at risk and, in the worst case scenario, have shown that sea levels can be high enough to evacuate 15 percent of the world’s population.
“We’ve seen a one-foot sea level rise in the last century,” Mr Strauss said. “Looking ahead, we’re talking about a 10-foot climb in the best scenario and a 30-foot in the worst case.”
However, he went on to explain that sea level rise is no longer stable, and there is no guaranteed rate of change planned.
Weather station Report In the 4C warming scenario, 50 major cities, mostly in Asia, face land loss, and couples from many small island nations said they would be completely wiped out.