We all know it, we all feel it. We are destroying our planet. Slowly but surely, the average global temperature is rising and melting all the ice on our planet, resulting in the water level rising. Soon, the water level will be so high it will cover cities and people's homes.

That's what the researchers at Climate Central wanted to show with their project. They took famous places we all know and love and showed how they may look in 2050 if the climate continues to worsen as it has been doing. By 2050, the global temperature will be 3°C higher and many cities near the coasts will be lost underwater. If we don't do anything, in just 30 years we will have devastating results.

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#1

Plaza De La Catedral, Havana, Cuba

Plaza De La Catedral, Havana, Cuba

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Shad Cooper
Community Member
4 days ago

The Plaza is a mere two blocks from the waters of Havana Port. This rendering is very realistic.

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On their website, Climate Central writes: "Climate and energy choices this decade will influence how high sea levels rise for hundreds of years. Which future will we choose?" Their main goal is to research the effects of climate change on our world. If we continue the way we are now, the future will be quite grim.

#2

Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
4 days ago

oh, i opened bp and when i saw this pic, i thought its still the powerwashing post, and i was like, wow : )

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#3

Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

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Potato fries
Community Member
4 days ago

the water looks like sims water

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The science research website Iopscience wrote about this issue in more depth: "A portion of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions will stay in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, rising temperatures and sea levels globally. Most nations' emissions-reduction policies and actions do not seem to reflect this long-term threat, as collectively they point toward widespread permanent inundation of many developed areas. Using state-of-the-art new global elevation and population data, we show here that, under high emissions scenarios leading to 4○C warming and a median projected 8.9 m of global mean sea level rise within a roughly 200- to 2000-year envelope, 50 major cities, mostly in Asia, would need to defend against globally unprecedented levels of exposure, if feasible, or face partial to near-total extent area losses."

#4

Statue Of Liberty National Monument, New York, New York, United States

Statue Of Liberty National Monument, New York, New York, United States

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Martin Kaine
Community Member
4 days ago

I know it is terrible to think, but that's kinda cool looking.

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#5

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 days ago

good if you like Whale song

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"Nationally, China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, global leaders in recent coal plant construction, have the largest contemporary populations occupying land below projected high tide lines, alongside Bangladesh. We employ this population-based metric as a rough index for the potential exposure of the largely immovable built environment embodying cultures and economies as they exist today. Based on median sea-level projections, at least one large nation on every continent but Australia and Antarctica would face exceptionally high exposure: land home to at least one-tenth and up to two-thirds of the current population falling below the tideline. Many small island nations are threatened with near-total loss. The high tide line could encroach above land occupied by as much as 15 percent of the current global population (about one billion people). By contrast, meeting the most ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement will likely reduce exposure by roughly half and may avoid globally unprecedented defense requirements for any coastal megacity exceeding a contemporary population of 10 million."

#6

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India

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Scooter
Community Member
4 days ago

The whole thing is under water? I am trying to understand the angle.

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#7

H.r. Macmillan Space Centre, Vancouver, Canada

H.r. Macmillan Space Centre, Vancouver, Canada

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

Almost everything there is now a waterfront

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Climate Center based their project on this research and created the images you see. On their website, you can even see a map of all the risk zones and choose the temperature you want. Then you can check out the country, region, or city you live in and see just how much it would get affected by the rising sea levels.

#8

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

Castles remain strong ...

#9

Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas, United States

Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas, United States

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Heather Mullen
Community Member
4 days ago

Houston, we haver a problem,

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#10

Nationals Park, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

Nationals Park, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

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ButterScot
Community Member
4 days ago

This is an improvement

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#11

Temple Of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

Temple Of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

They have faced worse in the past

#12

Riverside Museum, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Riverside Museum, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Robert Bailey
Community Member
4 days ago

Just need to change the name to RiverInside Museum

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#13

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

I am, sure they will be ahead and prepared..somehow

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#14

The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

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Paul Brennan
Community Member
4 days ago

This really makes me sad...I mean just look at the shabby quality of the photoshopping...

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#15

Downtown San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

Downtown San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

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Nelson Sturdivant
Community Member
4 days ago

Hopefully it washes all the excrement away.

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#16

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
4 days ago

water aside, this looks so asian. surprised its in uk!

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#17

Queen Square, Bristol, United Kingdom

Queen Square, Bristol, United Kingdom

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

Rivers where there were once roads..time reversed

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#18

Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol, United Kingdom

Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol, United Kingdom

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Christer Berdén
Community Member
4 days ago

Egen the boats are under water !

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#19

El Dorado Park, Long Beach, California, United States

El Dorado Park, Long Beach, California, United States

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
2 days ago

They'll have to change the name to Longer Beach

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#20

Tower Of London, London, United Kingdom

Tower Of London, London, United Kingdom

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Mazer
Community Member
4 days ago

London and many other cities along the Thames as well as most lower elevation developments especially along waterways will be impacted.

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#21

Lincoln Park, Newark, New Jersey, United States

Lincoln Park, Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

Where to go now?

#22

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

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Nazda Pokmov
Community Member
4 days ago

Washington was a swamp originally and it will revert back to one someday...

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#23

Highway 2, Mayagüez, United States

Highway 2, Mayagüez, United States

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Thomas Gray
Community Member
4 days ago

Mayagüez, PUERTO RICO, United States

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#24

King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom

King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Rebecca McManus
Community Member
1 day ago

Well Cambridge is pretty much at sea level anyway

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#25

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 days ago

all those gold plated cars under water....

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#26

The Pentagon, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

The Pentagon, Washington D.c., District Of Columbia, United States

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Nazda Pokmov
Community Member
4 days ago

Now all the Generals can dock their yachts close to work.

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#27

Place Royale, Quebec City, Canada

Place Royale, Quebec City, Canada

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LadyDelynn
Community Member
3 hours ago

Which building is supposed to be the 'Place Royale'? None of them stand out except for the crooked-set church. I'll assume it's a church because it has a spire. It's a bit smallish to be called a Royal anything.

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#28

California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California, United States

California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California, United States

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Mazer
Community Member
4 days ago

Sacramento has been the site of a couple of bid flooding events. If Sacramento is flooded then most of the SF BAY area us flooded, including most of low lying Silicon Valley

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#29

Casino Marina Del Sol, Talcahuano, Chile

Casino Marina Del Sol, Talcahuano, Chile

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 days ago

No loss for some all loss for others

#30

The Bell Tower, Perth, Australia

The Bell Tower, Perth, Australia

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Love Nilsson
Community Member
2 days ago

Them boats got surprised ...

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