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Polar Bears Take Manhattan And Britain Drowns

by | 20th, October 2008

THE WWF says we are going to start swimming earlier than expected. Say the nature wrestlers:

Arctic sea-ice in September 1979 and 2007, showing the biggest reduction since satellite surveillance began.

Or as the Telegraph puts it:

Climate change is happening much faster than the world’s best scientists predicted and will wreak havoc unless action is taken on a global scale, a new report warns.

On the other side of the debate is the news that the Alaskan ice is growing.

Britain and the North Sea area will be hit more often by violent cyclones and the predicted rise in sea level will double to more than a metre, putting vast coastal areas at risk from flooding.

Swim. And if you can’t swim, run, or tread water. But it’s tooooo late…

Water, 16 feet of it, smothers the southern tip of Manhattan, covering the landfill of Battery Park City. Tropic coral reefs are stripped of life, their rocks pocked with contusions. Polar bears rummage in junk heaps seeking food amid construction debris. Glaciers split into ice chips, floods ravage coastlines, droughts parch the Earth and forest fires rage untamable.

To Maine!

If the End of Days were going to be portrayed in a museum exhibition, it might look like the array of natural disasters, both real and imagined, that can be found at “Climate Change,” which opens Saturday at the American Museum of Natural History.

It’s just art at American Museum of Natural History. The polar bear on the rubbish dump isn’t real. It isn’t even German. (Polar Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news…)

But it is on tour:

This vision of global warming — already globally familiar — will also globe-trot to St. Louis, Cleveland and Chicago, as well as Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, South Korea and Mexico.

The exhibition will float to your locale on chunk of ice. It’s free. But do give generously:

There’s a quick deviation in tone for the next room, titled What We Can Do, which is a more lighthearted section that offers solutions and interactive programs, like one where you can pledge to lessen your carbon footprint.

But polar bears do have awfully big feet, as do artists…

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