Climate Finance | February 25, 2017

Two degrees of consequence. What will your city look like in 2030?

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What will your city look like if the world fails to keep global warming below the two-degree Celsius increase agreed upon in the global climate agreement? Care to run the four-degree experiment? Perpetual Revolution, an exhibit at New York’s International Center of Photography, shows New York, Rio de Janeiro and other major cities today — and what they might look like with two and four degrees of warming. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of water.

Sea levels already have risen eight inches in the last 140 years and could rise between two and seven feet more by 2100 if commitments to curbing global warming aren’t met, according to Climate Central. East Coast cities in the U.S. can expect to see two to three-times as many flooding incidents by 2030 and ten-times the number of tidal floods by 2045, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Such a soggy commute could get the attention of U.S. lawmakers. Without a dramatic change of course, Washington D.C. could experience more than one flood a day by 2045.

Photo source: Rolling Stone