Scientists are always quick to remind us that tracking and charting events specifically attributed to climate change is difficult. Yet an overwhelming majority of scientists agree that climate change is happening, and its effects will be felt on a global scale in the coming century. But just how soon should you start worrying? Depends on where you live.
The map, put together by a group of researchers from the University of Hawaii, attempts to predict when temperatures in major cities will rise above the “normal” range of temperatures recorded between 1860 and 2005. It’s an imperfect look at climate change at best, as rising temperatures are just one of a myriad of problems that climate change represents.
But outside of a climate change crystal ball, this might be the best indicator of when climate change will start impacting the world…and the news isn’t good. Manokwari, Indonesia will see higher-than-normal temperatures as soon as 2020, as Jaarta and Lagos will both see rising temperatures by the end of the 2020s.
The rest of the equatorial zone, from Mumbai to Mexico City, will all experience higher and higher temperatures by the end of the 2040s. Good news for America, as climate change won’t really arrive until the mid-to-late 2040s, with places like London and Iceland providing a reprieve for the second half the century.
Unfortunately, I can already tell you how this is all going to play out. Since most of the world’s poorest nations will be hit first (and likely, hardest) by climate change, nothing is going to get done in the developed world until it is way past too late. Instead, us Americans will watch from our 200-inch holoscreens as typhoons and tsunamis topple buildings and governments, the poor and hungry turning on each other in the face of a collapsing society.
And then we’ll change the channel, pretending we’re still beyond the reach of climate change for at least a few more years.
Source: Wired UK