A map of how California will be affected by climate change in the future was unveiled yesterday by state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The map, which demonstrates the devastating effects of global warming in just a century, shows how San Francisco Airport would be completely underwater if sea levels were to rise by 150cm (60in).
The coastline on the map was also coloured, highlighting how nearly half a million Californians are at risk from rising sea levels.
The map, named CalAdapt, which was revealed at a press conference on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay by Mr Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was created as part of a plan for the state to adapt to global warming.
‘Within a century, Treasure Island, this place where we are right now, could be totally under water,’ the governor said. ‘It is technology in the end that will save us.’
Though California leads the U.S. in its legal mandate to cut greenhouse gases, Mr Schwarzenegger explained how $2.5 trillion of property and assets were still at threat from climate change.
He said that the state’s first report into adapting to climate change showed that a longer dry season has worsened the risk of wildfires, and a smaller winter snowpack is affecting water supplies.
The map, which is available to view on a specially created website (www.climatechange.ca.gov), was accompanied by an animated video that showed how the state would change over time.
Mr Schwarzenegger argued in the film that cutting carbon dioxide emissions would not be enough.
‘We must also be prepared for some continued climate change, which is now inevitable,’ he said.
WATCH THE CALADAPT CLIMATE CHANGE VIDEO HERE: