What our planet will look like in 2050 if climate change isn't stopped

What effect will climate change have on our planet?
Washington, United States
Hong Kong, China
London, UK
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Seville, Spain
Antwerp, Belgium
Adelaide, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Bordeaux, France
Copenhagen, Denmark
Seville, Spain
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cape Town, South Africa
Nice, France
Dublin, Ireland
Victoria, Canada
Quebec, Canada
Stockholm, Sweden
Guangzhou, China
Taipei, Taiwan
Anglet, France
Split, Croatia
Barcelona, Spain
The Hague, Netherlands
Havana, Cuba
Tunis, Tunisia
West Palm Beach, United States
Copenhagen, Denmark
San Francisco, United States
Bristol, United Kingdom
Santa Monica, United States
Shanghai, China
Piraeus, Greece
Saint Petersburg, Russia
New York, United States
Sydney, Australia
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Honolulu, Hawaii
Oslo, Norway
Hamburg, Germany
Washington, United States
Stockholm, Sweden
Mumbai, India
The climate emergency
What effect will climate change have on our planet?

Does this famous building look familiar? It should, it is Buckingham Palace! However, the surroundings do look a little bit...different! In 2050, if nothing is done to limit global warming, this photo could well become real. Many scientific reports estimate that temperatures could rise by 3°C in the next thirty years, which would cause sea levels to rise all over the world. To make us aware of the climate emergency we find ourselves in, scientists at Climate Central have imagined what some iconic places on our planet could look like if we do not act.

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Washington, United States

Capitol Hill, seat of the legislative power in the United States.

 

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Hong Kong, China

The Bank of China Tower, one of Hong Kong's tallest skyscrapers.

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London, UK

St. Paul's Cathedral in London, where Prince Charles and Diana Spencer celebrated their wedding in 1981.

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Atlantis Bahamas resort located on the island of Paradise Island. Or what would be left of it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world and symbol of Dubai.

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Seville, Spain

The Santa Maria Cathedral of Seville, the largest cathedral in Spain and one of the largest in the world by area.

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Antwerp, Belgium

Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, a famous place of Catholic worship in Belgium.

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Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide International Airport, Australia.

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Melbourne, Australia

The tennis courts of the Australian Open, famous Grand Slam tournament.

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Bordeaux, France

Saint-André Cathedral in Bordeaux, the most imposing place of worship in the city.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Christiansborg Palace was the main residence of the Danish royal family and is now the seat of the Danish parliament.

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Seville, Spain

The Plaza de España in Seville is one of the most spectacular squares in all of Spain and an emblematic and very touristic place in the Andalusian city.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Copacabana Palace is a luxury hotel located in front of the famous Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro.

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Cape Town, South Africa

The beautiful Blue Train Park in Cape Town, South Africa will be no more, if something isn't done about climate change.

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Nice, France

The Sainte-Réparate cathedral, located in the Old Nice district in the Alpes-Maritimes.

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Castle, the former seat of British power and a great symbol of Irish history, would be largely affected by the rising waters.

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Victoria, Canada

Fisherman's Wharf Park, an iconic location in the city of Victoria, Canada.

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Quebec, Canada

Place Royale is the historic heart of Quebec City, where the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church is located. We can see that the whole neighborhood would be affected.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Gothenburg Cathedral, temple of the Church of Sweden and a must-see monument in the Swedish capital.

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Guangzhou, China

Huacheng Square is the largest square in the port city of Guangzhou, located northeast of Hong Kong.

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Taipei, Taiwan

Longshan Temple is a famous Buddhist temple located in the Taiwanese capital.

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Anglet, France

In the south-west of France, Plage des Cavaliers in Anglet is a very popular destination for surfers. The whole city could now take up paddleboarding.

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Split, Croatia

With its Roman architecture, Diocletian's Palace is one of the best preserved buildings from antiquity in the world, in the historic center of Split, Croatia.

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Barcelona, Spain

The Parc de la Ciutadella is the largest park in Barcelona, and one of the most touristic.

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The Hague, Netherlands

In The Hague, the Peace Palace is notably the seat of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations. As the Netherlands is already partly below sea level, it would be particularly affected.

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Havana, Cuba

Steeped in history, Cathedral Square is one of the main squares in Havana, Cuba.

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Tunis, Tunisia

The Maghreb would also be affected by the rising waters. The streets of the Tunisian capital and the Cité Jardin, a famous square in the city, would therefore also be flooded.

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West Palm Beach, United States

Rosemary Square is a well-known shopping center in Florida.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosenborg Castle is home to the Danish Crown Jewels in central Copenhagen.

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San Francisco, United States

In California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums devoted to contemporary art.

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Bristol, United Kingdom

Here we see Lloyds Amphitheater, a large concert hall located in Bristol.

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Santa Monica, United States

Close to Los Angeles, Santa Monica is known for its Pacific Park amusement park and for one of the most famous beaches in the world. This impressive reconstruction shows how much the city would be affected.

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Shanghai, China

Lujiazui is the trendy district of Shanghai, well known for its huge skyscrapers.

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Piraeus, Greece

The Church of Saint Nicholas in Piraeus is a Greek Orthodox church located near Athens.

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

The State Hermitage Museum is the largest museum in the world, and it is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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New York, United States

No need to introduce the Statue of Liberty, this New York icon is located on Liberty Island, and the most famous monument in the United States.

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Sydney, Australia

The original architecture of the Sydney Opera House has made it one of the symbols of the city, and indeed of all of Australia.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is the largest university in all of Brazil.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

The ʻIolani Palace was the former residence of the last Hawaiian rulers and can be visited today.

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Oslo, Norway

Studenterlunden Park is a large park located in downtown Oslo. The National Theater is located here. You would have to get there by boat.

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Hamburg, Germany

The Rothenburgsort is a district of Hamburg, in northern Germany and if things don't change...there won't be much left.

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Washington, United States

The Lincoln Memorial is a famous Washington monument built in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president in United States history.

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Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of the monarchs of Sweden, and is located in the north of its capital.

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Mumbai, India

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a museum in Mumbai centered on the history of India. It  would be underwater.

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The climate emergency

If nothing is done, these photos will become our new reality, that of a submerged planet, on which life will become increasingly difficult. Not only because of the rising waters, but also because of the multiplication of waste, the difficulties in obtaining supplies such as drinking water and food. These photos certainly make it very clear -we must act!

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