It has been said for many years that Europe is sinking, but a new study suggests it could be as soon as 2100.
A recent climate change study has warned that half of Europe will be underwater by 2100 if the acceleration of global warming is not curbed. This is because the Mediterranean Sea is expected to rise by up to 140 centimeters (over four feet) in the next century. Our oceans and seas continue to expand as a result of increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses raising the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere.New maps of the UK by Climate Central predict that towns and cities will be vanishing into the sea by 2100. As a result of rising water levels, the maps show that much of London and the east coast could be gone within 80 years.
Yet there will be drastic weather events long before that happens. If efforts to tackle global heating/warming don't improve, parts of the UK could theoretically average 40C in July 2050. But then there will also be individual weather events where heat waves could reach 45C, or closer to 50C, in 2050.
France and its long coastline are unfortunately not slated to be spared from sea level rise. According to the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) estimates – in the best case scenario – the average level of the ocean will rise by at least 28 cm by 2100.However, based on the planet’s current trajectory, experts consider it more likely that sea level rise could increase by between 63 cm to 1.01 meters, should humanity fail to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.One meter of sea level rise would particularly impact the area from Calais to Dunkirk – a distance of almost 45 kilometers.Higher tides would cover areas up to 15-20 km inland, as well. In Normandy, the collapse of cliffs, like those in Étretat, has been a sign of rising waters. Other countries in Europe will also see devastating flooding,US founded Intergovernmental climate research think tank Climate Central predicts. Belgium, Germany,including theGerman cities of Hamburg and Berlin would be gone and half of the Netherlands will disappear underwater before 2100, the organization found.
According to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, it may no longer be possible to keep global temperatures from rising by an average of 12 degrees Celsius (22 degrees Fahrenheit) if we did not burn all fossil fuel resources on Earth. If our temperature rises by 3 degrees celsius a chain reaction of released methane and co2 from the permafrost would cause a cascade effect which would result in melt-off of the entire Antarctic ice sheet, and all the ice covering Greenland. Oceans have suffered the effect as humans continue to pour greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Thousands of homes and businesses in Andalucia Spain and along the Costa Blanca could be completely submerged in water by 2050. Currently Barcelona and large swathes of Spain's northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to halt human activities in the Mediterranean country.
The measures will affect 6.7 million people, 80% of the population in the Catalonia region, Patricia Plaja, spokeswoman for the Catalan administration, said last week. Plaja said, for now, it will not be necessary to limit the use of water inside homes for washing, cooking or drinking, but her government urged citizens to "be aware of the exceptional situation the country is facing.
"The measures went into effect Friday and will include reductions on water for the irrigation of crops and industry. City dwellers won't be permitted to use drinking water to wash the exterior of houses or cars or to fill swimming pools. Over 500 town halls, including Barcelona, must stop filling public fountains or cleaning streets with drinking water. Below-average rainfall that experts have linked to global climate change has shrunken reservoirs and damaged agriculture and the environment across Spain. As the magnitude of the destruction becomes clear, European scientists are wrestling with how such damage could happen in some of the world's wealthiest and most technologically advanced countries, despite major investments in flood forecasting and preparation catalyzed by previous inundations into heavier rainfall.
By 2100, flood damage on the continent could cost as much as €48 billion per year—up from €7.8 billion now—if nothing more is done to prepare, and the number of people affected could more than double. Contrary to how Europe is presented in most modern maps Europe is SMALL, where multiple countries meet.The whole region known as Western Europe”, is not much bigger than the whole of Nigeria.Europe will recieve 216 million internal climate migrants by 2050, unless remedial action is taken. This is greater than the population of Germany, France and Italy combined. Before 2100 the refugee direction will be reversed!