Times Atlas reveals coastlines redrawn as effects of global warming take toll
The severe effects of global climate change have been revealed in a new world atlas.
Cartographers working on the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World have had to redraw coastlines and reclassify land types due to the effects of global warming.
Since the atlas was last published four years ago, sea levels have risen and fallen, ice caps have shrunk and lakes have virtually disappeared.
Mick Ashworth, editor-in-chief of the atlas said: ‘We can see environmental disasters unfolding before our eyes. We have a real fear that in the near future famous geographical features will disappear forever.’
The main offenders he explained are climate change and badly thought out irrigation projects.
Areas that have been seriously effected include the Aral Sea in Central Asia, which has been reduced by three-quarters in the last 40 years, whilst the Dead Sea is 82ft lower than it was 50 years ago.
In addition, sections of rivers including the Rio Grande and Colorado in America and the Yellow River in China are drying out every summer.
Concern is growing over Pacific Islands like Tuvalu which could be wiped off the map by rising sea levels, forcing their populations to become ‘climate refugees’.