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The World - Climate Change

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The World - Rising Sea Level, first map of its kind on such a scale and level of complexity, depicts our planet as it would look without its polar ice caps, with sea levels 260 ft higher as they are today.

This world map, inspired by a wide variety of historical maps, aims for bringing the best of traditional cartography to a contemporary setting, while reminding us about the dangers of global warming and subsequent climate change.
This map is designed in our vintage-style “decorative” theme, and serves as a perfect decoration for any household, office or school.

The poster includes one full large detailed map of the world, 2 major maps showcasing northern and southern polar regions and 6 detailed minimaps: vulnerability to climate change, 2010 climate, 2010 summer temperatures, 2100 climate, 2100 summer temperatures and 2100 changes in moisture and precipitation. Information panels outside the main map show 2013 population by country 2100 population by country, countries with highest and lowest fertility rates, largest urban areas(highlighting those that are below sea level or in high enviromental risk)

Dramatically depicting the devastation caused by the 260 feet sea level rise, the map also shows present shorelines for better understanding and effect. The cities that would be submerged after the sea level rise, can be easily distinguished from the rest by a different label mark and color tinting.

According to recent studies, there is enough ice in Earth's polar caps to cause about 250-300 ft(80 - 100 m) rise of the sea level. Result of such an event would be catastrophic to human civilization and earth's biosphere. More than 75% of the world's population lives below 300 ft above the sea level, including the vast majority of all large metropolitan areas.

Although this scenario is extremely unlikely to happen within our lifetimes, the truth is, that climate is going to change sharply. Unless we limit our CO2 emissions to bare minimum, Earth will be more than 4 degrees warmer in the year 2100 as it is now. Such a rise in temperature would be destructive to environment and human civilization as well.

As the warming gradually progresses, we will experience more and more extreme weather events. Hurricanes, typhoons and massive floods will occur more frequently and on a much more devastating scale. World's deserts will expand, engulfing areas as large as the entire continent of Australia, including Southern Europe, the Caribbean and entire southeast of Africa.

In spite of all this, there is still a way to prevent all this from happening. If we limit our greenhouse gas emissions to bare minimum, we can still save our environment and our civilization from the worst.

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EmmetEarwaxHobbyist Writer
By 2040-2050 this may come to pass !
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RodMartinJrProfessional General Artist
Beautiful art, but poor science (description). We live in an Ice Age. Climate changes in cycles and the last thing we need is global cooling to bring on the next glacial period. That would kill several billion people. With rising sea levels (the better alternative) people merely move and no one dies because of it. Also, climate science says storms become more rare when you remove the major temperature differences (polar cold vs. tropical heat). Deserts would shrink, like they did during the far warmer Holocene Optimum, when the Sahara was green for 3,000 years. The deserts were far larger during glacial periods -- including the two polar deserts.

Throughout history, warming led to abundance (Minoan prosperity, Roman Empire, Medieval building projects), while cooling led to famines and societal collapses (Greek Dark Ages, Byzantine Dark Ages, Little Ice Age, collapse of the Ming Dynasty).
Samthemapper's avatar
I have made a cleaned up version:

Global Warming Blank Map by Samthemapper
smarsupial's avatar
This is a very powerful and well done map. 
heey6's avatar
Trondheim - OK!
Great. Just... just great.

CosmicWillPower's avatar
One thing I have to disagree with:  The southwestern United States has extreme vulnerability to climate change, yet the map lists its vulnerability as "low".  Extended periods of drought are more likely to happen in the southwest as the climate heats up.
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IdunaHayaPhotographyHobbyist General Artist
I live in the Netherlands. We're screwed....
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GalejroHobbyist General Artist
Dammit! I'm a gonna be flooded... or Yay! I'll live on a now tropical island :D
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A massive amount of work and a beautiful result. There is at least one inaccuracy though, as some parts of Denmark would still be above water  (mainly in Jutland and the island of Bornholm, which isn't showed at all). True, these scattered islands wouldn't take up a lot of space, but they would still be important to the Danes and probably densely populated and so should be featured on the map.
mmortal03's avatar
Austin, Texas is misspelled on the map as Austlin.
Volphied's avatar
Beautiful map... and haunting.
Snickerf's avatar
I'm a huge fan of maps, and this looks like something that would have spilled from the middle of a National Geographic in the 80s.  Very well done!  The style is exemplary, perfectly recalling the style of maps from that era, while also presenting the coastlines from a climate-changed future.  I would have liked to seen a little more than the subtle differences for cities that would be underwater, as at first glance it is difficult to distinguish between them, but the subtlety also means that, at a distance, this map appears perfectly normal, and only upon getting close to it, do you realize the true impact of the change - which is, in and of itself, a powerful artistic statement.   

All of the extra detailing around the map could take hours to read.  While it is unclear if most of this is meant to represent current data or year 2100 data, it is still fascinating to read.  
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salycapHobbyist Traditional Artist
its alright, my house isn't under. this work is amazing. you never disappoint, keep up the great work!
Tsuki222's avatar
Wow some places like the West Coast of USA, or Denmark would be devastated... Quite a lot of my country, Poland would also drown, but my city Łódź would at least survive...
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anironbutterflyHobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's a useful thing that such speculative maps can exist to show us what the world can look like if
things don't change...because they give us something to really think about.
elric-dewisant's avatar
Why are there two Orinoco Gulfs in Venezuela?  Also, no changes along the Great Rift Valley in east Africa?  That just seems odd.
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Lmao, to be fair, they were named "the Netherlands" for a reason, but I'm really sad at Flanders/most of Flanders + the Netherlands wiped out in that map. D: (Yes, it's not Germany that's affected greatly.) 

Benelux might probably just be... Be...lux? D:

In that map, I wonder if the S--- NOOOO, MALTA! Not poor, sweet Malta... ; A ;

That representation of southeast China, the United States' eastern coast, and Russia look really scary, though. Likewise the area between the UAE and Kuwait (Qatar, what happened?) I also can't believe Senegal is that close to sea level. Don't get me started on the greater Amazon area, you'd think the forest would minimize the impact, though if people continue to use what remains of its virgin forest for wood, it's not very surprising. 

And then there's Oceania (well, most of it, that is.)

Not surprised the city where I live will be submerged; the bay has overflown many times -- a lot of the land close to it is just reclaimed from the sea.

That said, this was very interesting to see. I went through your entire gallery, and I have to say, I really like the maps you present, both for the artistic value, and the very carthographic feel;
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BlueSaintsStudent Writer
Okay so the world will be fine besides that Denmark and Bangladesh will vanish. Great. I'm danish by the way. Hope you'll all gonna enjoy it
JohnnyX-O's avatar
Can you do a map of the out coming micro ice age ?
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Jburns272Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the style of this map.
I think it's a great and original way to deliver an important message.
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hgfggg's avatar
Although he doesn't take into account if Antarctica would have forests or not...
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