A study looking into the rise in sea levels has stated the viability of more than 1,400 cities across U.S. coastlines are under a serious threat.
The rise in heat trapping greenhouse emissions is the pinpointed cause for the a future rise in the sea level of 4 feet which will submerge parts of 316 municipalities.
The timing on the rise is unclear, and could take hundreds of years to occur. However, if global warming continues at it’s current rate an additional 1,1oo cities could be sitting in the drink in the distant future.
Imagining something that might not happen for thousands of years makes it difficult to grasp the change that needs to occur today. Benjamin Strauss, the author of the study says many people have the mistaken notion that if greenhouse gas emissions stop, the problem of sea levels rising will go away. He elaborated:
"It won’t because carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries — even millenniums — and contributes to two factors that raise sea levels: higher temperatures and the loss of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets."
The analysis put out by Strauss says 3.6 million citizens living in 316 municipalities including New Orlean, Atlantic City, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Beach (which are already at risk) would be affected by the rise in just a hundred years.
Florida is the most vulnerable state by far, adding that Louisiana, New Jersey and North Carolina also face enormous difficulties. Unless major change occurs more than 100 cities in each of these states could be threatened.
Do you think the study will inspire people to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?