Which Cities Will Drown With Global Warming?

Quartz: “A new, interactive map from nonprofit climate science publication Climate Central illustrates precisely how American cities will fare under the best and worst possible climate futures—and which ones will disappear completely.”

“This map draws on new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (pdf) that ties carbon dioxide levels to sea level rise and layers in topography and population statistics.”

“The map uses four different scenarios laid out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Even with aggressive carbon cuts, cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, could lose more than half their land. New York and Boston are in danger of shrinking by a quarter … New Orleans, meanwhile, is pretty much doomed any way you look at it.”

“If triggered, the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) covering a portion of Antarctica could leave tens of thousands of more Americans without dry land, even with extreme carbon cuts.”

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  • Hey, drought problem solved, right republicans? You guys were always long term problem solvers.

  • moderatesunite

    just to be clear this indicates 10-20 million people in the Us whose homes will be underwater as a result of global warming

    • Detroitdic

      This sounds right to me, but I don’t have a measure to go by. For instance, the flooding in South Carolina appeared to come about because of an antique system of small dams numbering in the thousands many which fell apart under pressure. Columbia where the worst flooding took place is no where near the coast, but any solution to this problem would have to start far in land, so this is going to be a huge problem.

  • bpai99

    If you simply deny a problem exists, then it goes away. – US Republican Party

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