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Here’s what the world will look like 4 degrees warmer

The world is a pretty cool place. It has been around a lot longer than we have, and it has seen its fair share of ups and downs. But as we round the corner into another one of those “ups”, scientists are scrambling to try to figure out what the world will look like in short order.

A map released to the world in 2009 shows what the world could look like if the core temperature rises just 4 degrees. There are many changes that we can see taken hold now as the temperature of the earth has risen over the last century, but it’s interesting to see what the experts think.

Check out this informative video which describes what will happen:

Pakistan and South India have become unlivable. Europe is a desert. And micronesia is gone – beneath the waves. This could be the world, 4 degrees warmer.

However, there are likely to be changes to every part of the world, according to the map. For instance, ice melting will create water coverage of landmasses, hot climates could become cool and wet climates could become dry.

Many predictions about the Earth warming are doom and gloom, but this map is slightly different. It offers an alternative. Yes, lots of misery and disaster, but also plenty of hope and solutions. Check out the map here.

While there is going to be a lot of upheaval for people living all over the world, the world is big enough for all of us.


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Where there was once ice in Antarctica, there will be lush, green lands. And where they were ice in northern Canada, there will be hundreds of islands where people can live and grow food.

Where there was once dry desert, rivers and oceans could flow, and where there was once land, there could be new passageways for water travel.

It doesn’t all have to be bad news. If you look at the temperature rises as a shift: sure things will be different, but they don’t have to be all end-of-days different.

Interestingly enough, the predictions made by the map seem to have the major countries of the world doing worse, and the poorer countries of the world doing better.

If the tides turn, so to speak, people living in the US will have to find homes north or south of their current location. Predictions put the driest conditions smack-dab in the middle of the United States.

The map also indicates that almost half of the world’s land masses will become food growing climates with soil that could support such efforts. So while the world looks much different 4 degrees warmer, it is still a place we can call home.

So if you are in the market for some real estate, consider buying up icebergs and ice-covered property in places like Greenland. It’ll come in handy in the future, no doubt.

In all seriousness, considering how we impact the world is an important conversation to continue, so whether you believe in global warming or not, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to take responsibility for your part in keeping the world a safe place for everyone.

Map found here at Parag Khanna


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