Sea level rise is one of the most insidious of global warming's threats. Every inch of sea level rise increases the risk of coastal flooding during a storm or astronomically high tide in a coastal city, be it Chicago or Dhaka, Bangladesh. Driving home the point of escalating coastal flooding risks is a challenge that climate activists and scientists have been trying to overcome through high-tech mapping technologies, such as this zip-code specific system from the nonprofit research and journalism group Climate Central.
A new visualization tool called "World Under Water" shows sea level rise in your hometown (or anywhere else in the world). Although it has absolutely zero scientific accuracy — and its aim is more consistent with a climate change marketing gimmick than scientific tool — it does pack a powerful psychological punch. — Underwater