The World Without Ice Caps
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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.