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Google Maps Now Shows You if Climate Change Will Put Your Home Underwater

On our hottest and coldest days, we joke and whine about climate change and the terrible weather. But in 2015, we’re lucky that we don’t have to see the true effects of what might be ahead of us after global temperatures rise. That’s why this version of Google Maps is an eye-opener.

On Friday afternoon, Google Maps started showing what coastal L.A. would look like after a few feet of rising sea levels. The changes show up in neighborhoods like Malibu and Santa Monica.

This information comes on the same day as a worst-case scenario report showing that burning all of the Earth’s fossil fuels could raise our sea level hundreds of feet, making the scenarios pictured on Google seem quaint in relative devastation.

You can view the results online and in the Google Maps mobile app.

View it here.

In Canada, over 7 million Canadians live in coastal communities. ACT’s work on sea level rise has primarily been with the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) project, a 5-year multinational research project to document these increased risks facing coastal cities. Learn more about our work with CCaR here.

 

 

 

 

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