There is little doubt that the effects of global warming on our planet are already visible – in the last century the average temperature has risen around 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.6 Celsius) – but the greatest single danger, scientists warn, is that global warming will cause a dramatic rise in sea levels, flooding the world’s most powerful cities under a catastrophic deluge. Environmental Graffiti has decided to take a look at the apocalypse humanity might be facing…
The effects of global warming cause London to flood under a terrifying deluge of water.
These terrifying pictures illustrate the global deluge that threatens to engulf large sections of the world as a result of unchecked climate change. Huge swathes of development could be submerged, including much of the US eastern seaboard and southern UK. The effect of such a deluge will be to drown some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks: the Statue of Liberty in New York, Tower Bridge in London, Tokyo’s vivid neon lights – all could potentially be swept away by a flood caused by pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Climate change submerges the Golden Gate Bridge under a deluge.
And surely it is the thought of this, a flood of biblical proportions, which is the most terrifying of all the deadly effects of global warming. Droughts, heatwaves, hurricanes and famine are all worrying, but such a titanic inundation would eliminate the centres through which these other disasters could be coped with, leaving us isolated and in serious trouble. As they say: water may sustain life, but in this case it may also be the end of life as we know it.
Climate change has already raised sea levels by between 4 and 8 inches (10 and 20 cm), a significant rise in itself, but nothing compared to the devastating rise of nearly 25 feet (7 m) that would occur if Greenland’s enormous ice sheet melted – as scientists predict it will this century.