What Boston will eventually look like under TWO DEGREES global warming

International efforts are under way to bring greenhouse gas emissions to zero in a manner fast enough to limit global warming to +2 degrees Celsius. That’s proving tough to do, and there are some expectations it won’t be achieved.

Some people ask where the +2 degrees comes from. One striking example of what +2 degrees means is the shaded map below of Boston, Massachusetts, in a century or two, with emissions limited and the +2 degree limit successfully achieved. That blue stuff is inundation by ocean water due to sea level rise. Naturally, if emissions are not so limited, matters will be worse.

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(Click image to see a bigger picture.)

Note this is not inundation due to flooding, as from nor’easters. This is just ordinary high tide.

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One Response to What Boston will eventually look like under TWO DEGREES global warming

  1. jyyh says:

    Everett and Somerville locations might go up in price. Pretty certain there’ll be a new 1-mile bay crossing somewhere in Medford or Arlington.

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