Based on data from NASA, Business Insider have produced a video about the consequences that would result if all the ice on Earth melted. According to the space agency’s calculations, sea level would rise by as much as 65.8 m if all the glaciers and polar ice caps melted.
Low-lying island states and cities like Venice would be first to disappear underwater. In Asia, metropolises such as Shanghai and Calcutta, which are home to 19 million people in total, could disappear, but the land territory of the USA would also be much reduced; it would be good bye to Florida, for instance.
Specialists at Nanyang Technological University claim that the global sea level rise could reach almost 2.5 m by 2100 and 15 metres by 2300. That is particularly worrying as today, 11 percent of Earth’s 7.6 billion population live in areas whose elevation is less than 10 metres.
Climate change is causing increasingly horrifying disasters around the world. In April 2018, a video went viral on the Internet in which several massive blocks of ice could be seen breaking off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland.
In the last days of April 2019, after days of heavy rain, rivers flooded and reservoirs overflowed in eastern Canada. The situation was so severe that several thousand people in the region had to leave their homes.
Many frightening facts have been published about climate change, but increasingly shocking pieces of data keep coming to light again and again. Recently, an international study has shown that along with the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps, glaciers are also losing a tremendous quantity of ice.
Saint-Louis is a coastal city of almost 300 thousand people in Senegal. It is situated by the mouth of the most important river of West Africa, the Senegal, and its old town is on a peninsula between the ocean and the river. Its highest point is less than four metres above sea level, so the city is particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change.
Melting glaciers, devastating storms and floods – these are just a few of the disasters attributable to climate change, along with the rise of global sea levels. It is a startling piece of news that global sea levels may rise by a great deal more than previously estimated, by as much as 1.32 metres by 2100, which may have grave consequences.