What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.

As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world's major cities.

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+6 1. Dubnuh commented 7 years ago

Whelp, time to sell that Florida property!
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+5 2. Burimi commented 7 years ago

2:02 I hope that we can find good beaches in Houston :)
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+5 3. dushan commented 7 years ago

no wonder sux2bu is all in to increasing carbon emission :D
his house will be on the beach soon :D
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+11 4. ughlah commented 7 years ago

If you want to check what earth would look like at various water levels. China, the US and Netherlands seem to be those hit the hardest.
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+1 5. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

That's a very interesting interactive map, #4, thanks for sharing. Haha, yes agree with #3.
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+6 6. cameramaster commented 7 years ago

Just an idea. The water levels rise because of 'Global Warming'...meaning the opposite would also be true, that 'Global cooling' would cause the water to retreat and for ice levels to rise...right? Makes no bloody difference...it'll still be you and I paying a tax to try and stop it from happening.
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+5 7. spaceludes commented 7 years ago

Redistributing this much water will likely increase seismic activity as well.
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+1 8. sp176 commented 7 years ago

Whew! Canada isn't affected, and I know we can only warm up! Let's keep those Alberta Oilfields pumping! (sarcasm)
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+3 9. snotraddict commented 7 years ago

I live near the coast and I don't see any increase, my beaches look the same. Matter of fact I look at older photos of my town from the early 1900's and the water level was a lot higher. I don't get it, but I know it'll cost me a lot of money as the politicians rake in the dough!
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+1 10. the_puiu commented 7 years ago

Anyone knows this soundtrack?
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-1 11. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

How about "What the earth would look like if all the water froze"? That has actually come close to happening many times through earth's history.
All the ice melting....not so much.
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+3 12. Sizzlik (admin) commented 7 years ago

#11 Well..in earth history changes happened..industrialisation..over population..you cant say earth past will be likely the same in future. Im not pro or con the global warming theory..but it is obvious that the weather conditions got more and more extreme. (recently tornados/Orcans are more and more common in germany..or extreme weather changes..from sunny noon to hailstorm in the afternoon)
Doesnt matter how to call it..lets call it climate change..no matter if cold or warm..it affects us..and neither of both in a good way. And who denys that its much of our own fault is simply stupid in my opinion. (No offence to anyone)
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-2 13. dushan commented 7 years ago

#12 mate, don't talk like that, you know that terrorists win every time somebody mentions "global warming" ( not to mention the sad kittens ), renewable energy will hurt the economy, we all know that, and the guy with snowball already proved that there is no such thing as global warming, case closed :D
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-1 14. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

I agree with #12, weather patterns have become a lot more extreme and intense globally, and there is enough evidence for that. To have tornadoes and hurricane force winds in Germany is unusual. In the US we all know where the extremes are, there are more EF4 and EF5 tornadoes and more extreme winter storms (as in last winter on the East Coast). Senator James Inhofe who threw the snowball in the Senate last February, trying to make a statement that climate change doesn't exist because the winter was so cold, is an idiot, he must not be aware how big this country is and yes while we had a harsh winter, the West had mild temps and hardly any snow. We call those people deniers, as is Rob Bishop, #11 who acts like an environmentalist, but yeah, developing public lands, fishing rights, fracking and pipelines, ATV trails, etc is not supportive of the environment but of his big fat wallet. And #11, there would be lots more water for CA, if the Colorado River wouldn't be sucked dry for desert cities and their green putting greens like Palm Springs, CA. That's okay, not all of us are fooled.
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+2 15. snotraddict commented 7 years ago

#14 Al Gore after Katrina in 2005 said we'd have a lot more storms like that one, it's "science". It's been historically quiet since his prediction, man-made weather or man-made lies?

From my perspective they blame more weather on man-made global change or less weather on global change, so I guess they win either way! >:)
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+2 16. captain_obvious commented 7 years ago

we dutch people wont get flooded. we just build bigger dykes. also keep in consideration that every climate change prediction or climate simulation (i know this is only a prediction about water, and not climate) has been wrong so far, looking at the data now and the data they predicted. the netherlands for example, should already been flooded a pfew years back. if you dont believe me. type in google "climate predictions wrong" and enjoy the massive lists of al the failed simulations, predictions, forecasts.