Glowing rings around London's monuments show how high sea levels could rise

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In 1000 years, sea levels could rise as much as 28 meters, placing London, as well as many other cities, squarely underwater. Because it can be difficult to picture just what those rising waters mean, one artist has placed a glowing high-water mark around some of London's most prominent monuments.

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Michael Pinksy's Plunge illustration is meant to give Londoners a sense of their possible watery apocalypse. He placed blue LED rings on three pillars, the Seven Dials Sundial pillar, the Duke of York column, and the Paternoster Square column, at 28 meters above sea level, the demonstrate just how much of the columns and the neighboring buildings could be underwater if climate change occurs according to current predictions. His goal is to raise awareness of the effect of carbon emissions on the environment.

It would be cool to see something like this, but on a larger scale. I imagine that these LED rings would have a more chilling effect if they appeared everywhere in a city, creating a sort of glowing ghostly surface for the predicted future flood.

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@cirby said something ridiculous I don't feel like promoting, so I have to reply here.

On the other hand, the current most-likely prediction for 2100 AD is that sea levels will, at most, rise by about the height of the middle of the hubcap on that car to the right - and might not rise at all by then.

The 2007 IPCC report concluded that 2100 global sea level rise would be somewhere between 18-59 cm relative to 1980-1999 levels. Since this level has been rising near the top IPCC predicted levels since the '90s, it's entirely probable that 59cm of rise will happen. Simply put, it's a lot more likely that sea level rise will continue to happen rather than "not rise at all" as @cirby suggests.