Disturbing Before-And-After Images Show What Major US Cities Could Look Like In The Year 2100

Google Earth/Climate CentralGoogle Earth/Climate CentralThe world’s oceans levels are rising at faster and faster rates as waters warm and ice sheets melt.

Researchers, led by University of Colorado-Boulder professor Steve Nerem, looked at satellite data dating back to 1993 to track the rise of sea levels.

Their findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that sea levels aren’t just rising — that rise has been accelerating over the last 25 years.

Even small increases can have devastating consequences, according to climate experts. If the worst climate-change predictions come true, coastal cities in the US will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges by the year 2100.

Research group Climate Central has created a plug-in for Google Earth that illustrates how catastrophic an “extreme” sea-level rise scenario would be if the flooding happened today, based on projections in a 2017 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

You can install the plug-in (directions here) and see what might become of major US cities.

In a worst-case scenario, flooding caused by polar melting and ice-sheet collapses could cause a sea level rise of 10 to 12 feet by 2100, NOAA reported in January 2017.

Here’s Washington, DC today. The famed Potomac River runs through it.

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And here’s what Washington, DC, might look like in the year 2100 — as seen on Climate Central’s plug-in for Google Earth. Ocean water causes the river to overflow.

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The National Mall drew “the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration,” at Trump’s swearing-in, according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer. It sits at the foot of the US Capitol.

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Future inaugurations wouldn’t quite be the same.

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In 2017, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden at the White House and announced his intentions to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a deal between 195 countries intended to mitigate global warming.

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In 2100, the Rose Garden could have an oceanfront view.

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New York City is situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

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The Hudson River could flood the city’s perimeters and low-lying areas like the West Village.

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The Financial District encompasses the offices of many major financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Extreme sea level rise could devastate Wall Street. Battery Park would be a water park.

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San Francisco has a huge concentration of wealth and power in the technology world.

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