Wet Commutes Forecast as Parts of London Predicted to be Underwater by 2100, Alternative Underground map Released

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Energy charity Practical Action has released an alternative tube map for London ion 2100, showing what lines will be underwater due to climate change

“If no action is taken against the temperature and sea levels rise as predicted, large areas of London could be underwater by the end of the century – a frightening thought."

Development charity Practical Action (http://www.practicalaction.org.uk) has released an alternative tube map (http://www.flickr.com/photos/practicalaction/5217896496/) that highlights the impact climate change and rising sea levels could have on London, UK.

If climate change talks are not successful, it could lead to a 4C rise in global temperatures by the end of the century. This, in turn, could lead to a 4m rise in sea levels proving catastrophic for London and potentially devastating for developing countries.

The “London Underground Map 2100” highlights those areas that could be underwater if no action on climate change is taken including Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Embankment, Sloane Square and Canary Wharf.

All of which would mean people would potentially face a swim rather than walk to their jobs in the city and cause embarrassment for the UK on the world stage and affect how London is perceived for business and finance.

Margaret Gardner, Director, Practical Action said: “If no action is taken against the temperature and sea levels rise as predicted, large areas of London could be underwater by the end of the century – a frightening thought. But what’s more frightening are the effects that will be felt in developing countries where people are already living on the front line of climate change and experiencing the worst effects of floods, droughts and extreme temperatures.

“In London we have an insurance industry and the necessary capital to do something about increased flooding risk. We can build barriers and do whatever is necessary. But in Dhaka and other cities in the developing world, there isn’t the spare cash to just invest in infrastructure to help people to adapt to climate change. So the answer has to be to avoid climate change in the first place.

“Practical Action works extensively with communities living in these areas helping them to adapt to their changing climate but without action on climate change, the consequences will be too catastrophic to overcome.”

Practical Action works with poor communities around the world helping them to adapt to the effects of climate change. From teaching Bangladeshi villagers to build floating gardens on flood waters in order to feed their families, to introducing camels in drought-prone regions of Kenya.

For more information and to sign up to Practical Action’s climate change campaign ‘Face Up to 4C’ please visit http://www.practicalaction.org/face-up.

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For further information, please contact Abbie Upton, Practical Action Media Officer, on +44(0)1926 634510

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