Perhaps you have experienced the odd heatwave or the occasional spring flood, but some of us live through these extreme weather events all too often. That is because climate change does not affect everyone at the same time or on the same scale. It takes different forms depending on where we live.
All over the world, people are losing their homes to wildfires and being impacted by floods, as well as suffering the effects of air pollution on their health.
The following experience provides a window into the far-reaching ways climate change affects the lives of millions of people worldwide, except that this window overlooks your street and the places you hold dear.
Search for any address listed on Google Street View. Here are a few ideas to guide you:
When you have a fever, your body temperature rises above the normal range by one or two degrees, causing you to feel unwell, signaling that something is wrong in your body. Planet Earth is even more sensitive to temperature increases. Since the pre-industrial period, global average temperatures have risen by 1.25°C, with the last 10 years being the hottest ever recorded. Much like your body, which sends clear physical signals when you are sick, our planet’s lands, oceans and atmosphere also react to climate change.
Among these “symptoms,” we see an intensification in frequency and scale of extreme weather events such as floods and forest fires, along with a deterioration in air quality caused by human activity and the burning of fossil fuels.
Note 1: The consequences of climate change presented here are not exhaustive. We have chosen these climate events for visualization purposes only. See the About section for our references and to learn more about climate change and its consequences.
Note 2: This experiment is not an exercise in climate prediction. There is no correlation between the consequence chosen and the address entered. Our algorithm applies a systematic transformation regardless of the address.
While it is impossible at this time to predict when or whether this phenomenon could affect this location, we should all be concerned about the high probability of it happening to thousands or millions of people around the world.
Human activity has the greatest impact on current rates of global heating. Click on "What now?" to find out what you can do about it.