Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-10-19 12:51:17 –
San Diego, CA — New climate models show that cities and monuments are submerged. Scientists say they can get a glimpse of the future if drastic measures are not taken to reduce carbon emissions.
Benjamin Strauss, CEO and Chief Scientist at Climate Central, said: “You can choose Door A or Door B, and what you do this year and the next 10 and 2 years will make a huge difference.”
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“By heating a certain amount of planets, we have essentially begun centuries of relentless sea-level rise, but the results are manifested over hundreds of years in terms of sea-level rise,” says Strauss. I did. “We can’t stop what we’re moving.”
Interaction The Google Earth image shows the predicted sea level due to anthropogenic global warming in two different scenarios, 1.5 ° C and 3 ° C.
Studies show that under current emission routes leading to global warming at 3 ° C. About 50 major cities around the world need to implement globally unprecedented defenses to protect the population of these regions.
“Maps, images we published, they won’t happen by 2050. By 2050, we need to know which of those futures will come,” Strauss said. .. “I know that the ice melts when I unplug the freezer, but it takes a while.”
By achieving the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement, Strauss is likely to reduce exposure by about half, with countries building expensive and unprecedented defenses and building many major coastal cities. It states that it is possible to avoid giving up.
“The images don’t take into account the current levees, but I don’t think there are many current levees high enough to protect them from sea level,” Strauss said.
Managing to achieve global climate goals will still have catastrophic consequences for some coastal cities.
“There are already a lot of sea level rises in the pipeline. If we stop pollution tomorrow, we’ll probably see sea level rises of 5 to 10 feet,” Strauss said. “Frankly, there are already a lot of 1.5, but it’s already around 1.1, so it’s the best way to think about it at the moment.”
As world leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, he asks what heritage they want to preserve.
“In the future, unless possible, we will remember them just because we couldn’t control climate change,” Strauss said.