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According to Michael Pinsky's latest installation, London could be submerged in water by the year 3012.
In the year 3012, the city of London could be halfway underwater—or at least that’s what artist Michael Pinsky is hoping to depict in his latest art exhibit.
To illustrate the extreme impact of climate change, Pinsky’s Plunge installation marks the predicted sea levels of the future on three monuments across London. For the next month, a string of low energy blue LED lights will hang 28 meters (90 feet) above the ground on each column, showing Londoners just how high sea levels could rise 1,000 years from now.
While it’s difficult to predict exactly how high sea levels will be so far in the future, a height of 28 meters was chosen as a dramatic, and hopefully influential, example.
“A height of 28 metres above current sea level was chosen for Plunge as an extreme illustration of what could happen if we continue with a ‘business as usual’ emission scenario (without changing anything we do today),” Plunge’s website says.
The lights can be seen on the Seven Dials Sundial Pillar, the Duke of York Column and the Paternoster Square Column outside St. Paul’s Cathedral and will be up until March 4, 2012.
Images: Julian Andrews (top), Kristian Buss (right)
Feb 12, 2012
Being a member of Smart Planet, I put my opinion this way: Can we calculate the total mass of the ice in the planet, which can get meted by Global warming, which can contribute to the final submerging of the land portion of the earth? Instead of making scenario of London getting submerging upto 28 mtr level, in 1000 years, we can fore see the situation of entire planet
Ultimately the amount of ice that melts is directly related to how much warming there is. If all of the ice on the Earth were to melt it would cause about 230 feet (70 meters) of sea level rise. But as noted it would take thousands of years for that to happen. On Antarctica the ice is over 2 miles thick and it just takes time to melt that much ice. Current projections are for 3-6 feet (1-2 meters) of sea level rise by 2100. Doesn't sound like all that much but how much damage does 3 feet of SLR do to Florida?