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What San Francisco Would Look Like After Climate Change

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For coastal cities, rising sea levels due to climate change are questions of when and how high, not if. San Francisco's Brian Stokle and Burrito Justice created this amazing poster that shows what the city would look like after the waters rose.

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Illustration for article titled What San Francisco Would Look Like After Climate Change

The map shows what the city would like after a catastrophic disintegration of the Antarctic ice cap that caused sea levels to rise 200 feet, transforming San Francisco from a peninsula into an archipelago.

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My neighborhood, Ocean Beach, would be completely gone. So too would be the Mission, all of downtown San Francisco, and (thankfully) The Marina district. Time to move uphill. [Burrito Justice]

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Frankenbike666
Frankenbike666

It's predicated on the Antarctic glaciers completely melting. Given that the average temperature there is -37 degrees Centigrade, there is no current model that predicts the average temps there will rise above freezing. Most of the northern ice is floating in the water, and since it's already displacing water, there wouldn't be much of a rise.

So 200 feet is pretty much ridiculous unless the planet is moving toward average temperatures of over 120 degrees on its way to becoming like Venus (the discovery of global warming on Venus is what set off the global warming panic starting in the 80s, and overly zealous climate modelers spent the first 15-20 years or so being completely wrong).