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What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer

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Polynesia is gone – sunk beneath the waves. Pakistan and South India have been abandoned. And Europe is slowly turning into a desert. This is the world, 4°C warmer than it is now.

But there is also good news: Western Antarctica is no longer icy and uninhabitable. Smart cities thrive in newly green and pleasant lands. And Northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia produce bountiful harvests to feed the hundreds of millions of climate refugees who now call those regions home.

This map, which shows some of the effects a 4°C rise in average temperature could have on the planet, is eight years old, but it seems to get more contemporary as it ages (and the planet warms). Antarctica is white with snow and ice, on the ground and, traditionally, on most maps. This map has turned the continent’s western end incongruously green. And only last week did reports confirm that Antarctica is indeed turning green.

Few serious scientists doubt that climate change is happening, or that it is man-made. But the fact remains that many still have a hard time grasping global warming, partly as a convenient way of ignoring the destructive impact it is predicted to have.

Those on the fact-based side of this argument should realise that continuously bombarding the opposition with doom and gloom is likely to reinforce their resistance to accepting the new paradigm.

This map offers an alternative: lots of misery and disaster, but also plenty of hope and solutions. Not solutions that will lead us back to the way climate of a few decades ago – costly and pointless – but solutions that work for the world as it will be, when it will be much warmer than it is now.

First, the bad news. Brown indicates…

Lemnos Sand Dunes

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Left: The Lemnos desert. Map data ©2017 Google Right: Sand dunes in Lemnos. Annaboukorou (Public Domain)
Sand dunes in Lemnos. Annaboukorou (Public Domain)

The Lemnos desert is an anti-oasis on an otherwise lush Greek island. It is just 17 acres in size, but just like its larger counterparts, the Sahara or the Namib, it is constantly changing shape and dimension with the wind. This can make for incredible dunes, mountains of sand known locally as “pacchies ammoudies,” or “thick sands.”

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Lemnos Sand Dunes

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Left: The Lemnos desert. Map data ©2017 Google Right: Sand dunes in Lemnos. Annaboukorou (Public Domain)
Sand dunes in Lemnos. Annaboukorou (Public Domain)

The Lemnos desert is an anti-oasis on an otherwise lush Greek island. It is just 17 acres in size, but just like its larger counterparts, the Sahara or the Namib, it is constantly changing shape and dimension with the wind. This can make for incredible dunes, mountains of sand known locally as “pacchies ammoudies,” or “thick sands.”

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Desert Facts – 75 Interesting Facts About The Desert

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Desert facts: Interesting facts about deserts. Desert biome is an ecosystem that receives minimal rainfall. While hot, dry deserts of Africa are the most popular, cold deserts for instance Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth. There are four types of deserts namely hot and dry, semiarid, coastal, and cold. Life in a desert is not easy, yet many animals and plants thrive in these extreme conditions. Let’s explore more interesting facts about deserts.

Desert facts

Desert can be found in every continent except Europe.

Large mineral deposits are often found in deserts.

Many desert animals are nocturnal i.e. they sleep during the day and come out at night as the temperatures at night are more tolerable.

Desert is formed when the mountains along the edge of the desert stop the rain from getting there.

As body fat retains heat, most desert animals adapt in such a way that they store all their fat in one area in their body. Camel stores all its body fat in its hump.

Antarctica is the world’s largest desert.

70% of Australia is classified as semi-arid, arid or desert.

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth.

Atacama Desert is the largest natural supplier of Sodium Nitrate.

One third of the earth surface is covered in deserts.

Desert biome facts

Sand from the Sahara is blown to Amazon Rainforest along with the wind. It actually fertilizes at the rainforest.

Antarctica is the largest cold desert on Earth.

In six hours world’s deserts receive more energy form the sun than humans consume in a year.

Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth.

Atacama Desert is home to the largest ground telescope in the world, ALMA.

Desert actually means an abandoned place.

20% of the Earth’s desert is covered in sand.

There are polar deserts in Arctic and Antarctic. It is a region free of ice.

A desert is an area that receives the lowest rainfall.

Deserts receive less than 40 cm of rainfall in a year.

Facts about the desert

Gobi desert in Asia is very cold.

Temperature at Sahara desert can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Google hires a camel to get the street view of the desert.

Every year about 46,000 square miles of…