38 Shocking Photos Of Iconic Places Now Vs. If The Planet Warms 3 Degrees Celsius

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As the climate continues to warm and ice melt across the planet accelerates, sea level rise threatens to inundate coastal cities around the globe, displacing hundreds of millions of people.

What will that look like, you wonder? A new study from Climate Central illustrates the devastating effects of global sea level rise if humans maintain their current carbon pollution path and Earth warms 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Here's what 38 cities and landmarks will look like:

Europe
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1.Buckingham Palace in London now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Buckingham Palace if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the palace grounds
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2.Plaza de España in Seville, Spain, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Plaza de España if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the plaza
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3.Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Rosenborg Castle if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the grounds to the left of the castle
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4.Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Diocletian's Palace if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the area around the palace
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5.Monument aux Girondins in Bordeaux, France, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Monument aux Girondins if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water almost completely covers the land around the monument
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6.Riverside Museum in Glasgow now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Riverside Museum if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water completely surrounds the museum
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7.Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol, United Kingdom, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Lloyds Amphitheatre if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water completely surrounds the amphitheater and covers the nearby plaza
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8.The Royal Palace in Stockholm now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

The Royal Palace if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water comes up to the palace in the front and on the right side
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9.Dublin Castle now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Dublin Castle if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the area in front and to the right of the castle
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10.Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, Greece, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Aristotelous Square if the planet warms 3ºC:

The square is submerged in water
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Australia
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11.Sydney Opera House now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Sydney Opera House if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water surrounds the opera house and cuts it off from the mainland
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12.Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Cathedral Square if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates the square
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North America
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13.Santa Monica Pier in California now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Santa Monica Pier if the planet warms 3ºC:

The pier is completely flooded and cut off from the mainland by water
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14.Plaza de la Catedral in Havana now:

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Gorupdebesanez under CC BY-SA 3.0 / Climate Central / Via creativecommons.org / picturing.climatecentral.org

Plaza de la Catedral if the planet warms 3ºC:

The plaza is submerged in water
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15.The Statue of Liberty in New York now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

The Statue of Liberty if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water inundates everything but the star-shaped pedestal beneath the statue
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16.Atlantis Bahamas now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Atlantis Bahamas if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water covers the beaches and grounds surrounding Atlantis
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17.lolani Palace in Honolulu now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

lolani Palace if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water surrounds the palace
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18.Googleplex in Mountain View, California, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Googleplex if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water surrounds the building
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19.Hoboken, New Jersey, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Hoboken if the planet warms 3ºC:

Streets are completely underwater
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20.The Pentagon in Washington, DC, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

The Pentagon if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water encroaches on the building from the west, southwest, and southeast
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21.The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

The Lincoln Memorial if the planet warms 3ºC:

The land around the memorial is made to be an island by rising sea levels
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22.SoMa in San Francisco now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

SoMa if the planet warms 3ºC:

Streets are flooded
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23.Space Center Houston now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Space Center Houston if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water completely surrounds the building
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24.H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre if the planet warms 3ºC:

Water encroaches on the building from the west, southwest, and southeast
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25.Riviera de Ensenada in Mexico now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Riviera de Ensenada if the planet warms 3ºC:

Lower-lying areas are underwater
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26.Baltimore Convention Center now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Baltimore Convention Center if the planet warms 3ºC:

Areas northeast of the center are underwater, as is the stadium south of it
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Asia
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27.Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, now:

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Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Burj Khalifa if the planet warms 3ºC:

The desert landscape is all underwater
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28.Lalbagh Fort in Dhaka, Bangladesh, now:

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Syedsazzadulhoque under CC BY-SA 4.0 / Climate Central / Via creativecommons.org / picturing.climatecentral.org

Lalbagh Fort if the planet warms 3ºC:

A quarter of the building itself is underwater
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29.Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam, now:

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Nguyễn Thanh Quang under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Climate Central / Via creativecommons.org / picturing.climatecentral.org

Temple of Literature if the planet warms 3ºC:

Part of the temple itself is underwater
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30.Hong Kong now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Hong Kong if the planet warms 3ºC:

Streets are flooded and buildings are surrounded by water
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31.Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai now:

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Sailko under CC BY 3.0, Modified / Climate Central / Via creativecommons.org / picturing.climatecentral.org

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya if the planet warms 3ºC:

The area is completely submerged
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32.Tokyo Tower now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central

Tokyo Tower if the planet warms 3ºC:

The area to the east of the tower is underwater
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South America
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33.Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Floralis Genérica if the planet warms 3ºC:

The area is underwater
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34.Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) in Salvador, Brazil, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Elevador Lacerda if the planet warms 3ºC:

Lower-lying areas are underwater
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35.Tolosa in La Plata, Argentina, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Tolosa if the planet warms 3ºC:

Streets appear underwater into the distance
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Africa
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36.Lagos Central Mosque in Nigeria now:

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Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Lagos Central Mosque if the planet warms 3ºC:

The building itself is partially submerged
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37.Blue Train Park in Cape Town, South Africa, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Blue Train Park if the planet warms 3ºC:

Southern and southeastern areas of the park are underwater
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38.Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul in Tunis, Tunisia, now:

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Google Earth / Climate Central / Via picturing.climatecentral.org

Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul if the planet warms 3ºC:

The cathedral is surrounded by water
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