An image of a map claiming to demonstrate the impacts of climate change on the US by 2050 has gone viral on Twitter.
However, the image has now been debunked; proven to be simply the Mediterranean Sea on top of the country.
The image amassed more than 101,000 likes – looking to scare the public with how rising sea levels could impact the world in the next three decades.
The tweet reads: “Scientists say this map represents the US in 30 years if we don’t reverse climate change.”
However, with a closer look, it’s easy to see that Italy, with its infamous boot shape, is sitting right on top of what would supposedly be the state of Montana.
Scientists say this map represents the US in 30 years if we don’t reverse climate change. pic.twitter.com/8AH8NfaqCY
— Michael (@mrj880) July 8, 2022
According to reports, the original photo comes from a 2015 blog post by Bret Drager – an architect simply looking to see if the Mediterranean Sea could fit inside the US.
He has revealed that the image has been used as a climate change myth on many occasions and he has had to come out and publicly deny the claims.
Sea level rises are a tangible threat to the US, however, would likely impact the coasts first.
In this image, the sea is prominent in the centre of the country – whereas in actuality, states such as North Carolina and Florida are in more danger of being submerged.
The IPCC has predicted that sea levels could rise by half a metre by 2100 – and that’s even if the world takes momentous action to quash greenhouse gas emissions.
Social media has become a more common place for climate myths to gain traction – but this one is certainly fake.