Which Future Will We Choose?

At the UN Climate Conference in November, decisions by world leaders will set a path for Puerto Vallarta’s ultimate sea level.

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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If we keep our current carbon path
(3°C global warming)
3°C warming
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If we sharply cut carbon pollution
(1.5°C global warming)
1.5°C warming
Image © 2021 Maxar Technologies Image Landsat / Copernicus Image © 2021 CNES / Airbus
Present-day sea level1.1°C1.5°C2°C3°C4°C

These images show projected future sea levels at Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico due to human-caused global warming under two different scenarios. Climate and energy choices in the coming few decades could set the destination, but the timing of rise is more difficult to project: these sea levels may take hundreds of years to be fully realized.