The US government says climate change is already happening and that it's affecting every region of the nation. To make that key finding of this week's National Climate Assessment a little more real for those of us who tend to tune out anytime anyone uses the word "assessment," a new Google Street View-powered site shows what the world's cities would look like flooded by rising sea levels.
World Under Water is the creation of a pair of marketing agencies -- BBDO and Proximity Singapore -- along with climate change-centric crowdfunding platform CarbonStory. If you're looking for an accurate representation of how each city in the world will look if sea levels actually rise 6 feet in this century as many scientists predict -- enough to flood New York and London -- that's not what the site does. Instead, it seems to just throw 6 feet of water on top of the center of whatever city -- and a number of landmarks -- you plug in.
So when I searched for my own homebase, which sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, I still see our historic town center underwater. If this ever comes to pass here... well, man, are the rest of you coastal folks totally screwed.
So, while it's not that accurate -- the National Climate Assessment actually predicts that my home will have dried up and blown away thanks to a coming mega-drought -- it still makes a point, and gives you the opportunity to visualize the climate-fueled ruination of your frenemies.
(Via The Next Web)