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19 May 2015: Maps Depict China's Coasts
Under Scenario of Dramatic Sea Level Rise

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Shandong sea level rise

Shandong province after dramatic sea level rise
Roughly 43 percent of China's population lives near the coast — a region that is expected to experience dramatically rising sea levels if global warming continues along its current trajectory. What will China's coast look like far in the future if polar ice sheets and glaciers undergo extensive melting? Cartographer Jeffrey Linn has used projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to depict the impact of a 200-foot rise in global sea level. In this map, he shows the potential inundation of a portion of Shandong province near the town of Qingdao, home to 3.5 million people and the brewery that makes the widely distributed beer Tsingtao. Earlier, Linn drew up similar maps showing the inundation of the coastline of western North America under scenarios of extreme sea level rise.


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