Sea level rise

"The problems of our times are extraordinary," said Ibraham Mohamed Solih, president of the Maldives, an Indian Ocean island nation threatened by the rising waters of climate change.

Due to the consequent risks posed by rising sea levels, the government pledged in 2009 to make the Maldives a carbon-neutral country by 2019.

Climate change is happening. We may be able to slow it down. When will it directly effect us? Who is already effected?

Venice, Italy is sinking, in the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, climbing tides are already displacing locals, continual flooding has pushed Key West, Florida to undergo a massive, $1 million effort to elevate roads before they become permanently flooded.

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by Joseph Stromberg,, October 9, 2013

Climate change is a global problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to hit us all the same time (see the map).

If you live in Moscow, scientists estimate that your local climate will depart from the historical norm in the year 2063. In New York, that date is the year 2047. And if you happen to reside in Mexico City or Jakarta, those numbers are 2031 and 2029, respectively.

See a pattern here? These estimates, which all come from a new study published today in Nature by scientists from the University of Hawaii, reflect a concerning trend that some scientists believe will define the arrival of climate change’s effects on the planet: It’ll arrive in tropical, biodiverse areas first.

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