Which Future Will We Choose?

Climate and energy choices this decade will influence how high sea levels rise for hundreds of years.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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If we keep our current carbon path
(3°C global warming)
(3°C warming)
If we sharply cut carbon pollution
(1.5°C global warming)
(1.5°C warming)

These images show projected future sea levels at Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates 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.