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Artist shows how climate change could leave cities under water

May 7, 2014 at 7:53 AM ET

Miami
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Miami's Ocean Drive could be submerged in the next century, according to environmental data.

The new White House report that issued a dire warning about the nation’s changing climate comes on the heels of another study that illustrated how those changes could leave the world's largest coastal cities submerged in water.

On Tuesday, President Obama stressed in an interview with TODAY’s Al Roker that climate change is already an issue costing the nation in numerous ways.

"This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now," he said after the release of the new National Climate Assessment report, a comprehensive review of climate change and its impact on the country. "Whether it means increased flooding, greater vulnerability to drought, more severe wildfires — all these things are having an impact on Americans as we speak."

Video: President Barack Obama talks to Al Roker about the administration’s alarming report on the nation’s changing climate.

The White House report follows a study released last fall by the World Bank that examined coastal cities with the highest risk of costly flooding because of sea level rise resulting from climate change. Five American cities made the top 10: Miami, New York, New Orleans, Tampa and Boston.

Here’s a look at what rising waters could do over the next century to some of the cities listed in that study if the tide of climate change fails to turn, created by artist Nickolay Lamm and based on environmental data.

Boston
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Boston
Venice Beach
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Venice Beach
San Francisco
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San Francisco

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