As the world begins to take action against carbon emissions, fossil fuels, deforestation, and global warming as a whole, many scientists estimate that the global temperature is still set to rise drastically. This temperature increase will hit many coastal areas and cities, reshaping entire countries and causing hundreds of thousands of climate refugees worldwide.
There is no debate that the planet is warming up. Earth’s average temperature has increased 1.1°C since the 1850s. And 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been since 2001. This temperature increase is melting ice all around the world. Causing Earth’s sea level to rise.The planet’s sea level has already rose by at least 25cm in the past 2 centuries. According to the Paris Climate Agreement, countries will try to keep global warming to only 2°C by 2100. But even a 2°C increase in temperature at the poles would melt enough ice to raise the sea level by 6 meters.
Countries like the Maldives, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands will be submerged within the century.
Dozens of cities will be submerged or destroyed by this rise in sea level. This could create more than 2 billion climate refugees, 18% of the population at that time.
There is not going to be a happy ending. The damage is close to irreparable. We can no longer hide from it. The only thing left to do is to stop ignoring the issue, and face it head on.