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Climate change. What the world under water will look like. A realistic vision of Climate Central

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Our planet is warming at a dizzying pace, which is causing the world’s water levels to rise. Scientists from the non-profit organization Climate Central prepared simulations to illustrate how catastrophic climate change will be in the future. You can see how many places around the world will change as the average temperature on the planet rises three degrees compared to the pre-industrial era.

Climate Central scientists used altitude and population data to analyze the parts of the world that will be most vulnerable to sea level rise, which are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region.

The report found that small island states are at risk of ‘near-complete loss’ of land, and eight of the ten largest areas at risk of sea-level rise are in Asia, where some 600 million people are at risk of flooding in a rising temperature scenario by three degrees Celsius.

Cathedral Square in Havana, Cuba

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum in Mumbai, India

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Hanoi Temple of Literature, Vietnam

Climate change. China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia are the most endangered

According to Climate Central analysis, China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia are among the top five countries most exposed to long-term sea level rise. The researchers note that these are also countries that have increased coal combustion in recent years. According to a report by Climate Central, around 385 million people currently live in land that will eventually be flooded by water, even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

If global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees, sea level rise will occur in areas currently inhabited by 510 million people. If the temperature on our planet rises by three degrees, water could enter areas where more than 800 million people live, according to the study.

“Today’s elections will pave the way,” said Benjamin Strauss, chief scientist for Climate Central and lead author of the report.

Skyscrapers in Shanghai, China

Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Climate change in Europe

Realistic visualizations prepared by Climate Central also show places in Europe. Below, for example, we can see what will happen to Buckingham Palace in London and Rothenburgsort – a district of Hamburg in Germany, if climate change continues.

Here are other places in Europe that could end up under water:

Les Cavaliers Beach in France

The amphitheater in Pula, Croatia

Cathedral Basilica of St. Agatha in Catania, Italy

Polish cities can also be flooded

Polish cities such as Gdańsk and Gdynia are also at risk of flooding. According to scientists’ simulations, some of these places on the Polish coast may be partially underwater.

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