Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rising sea levels to flood major US cities: Study

Action on climate change could save tens of thousands of American lives annually
Major US cities like New York, Boston and Miami may face chronic flooding over the next few decades, warn scientists who have found that sea level rise due to climate change may cause 60 percent of coastal communities in the country to lose their homes by 2100.
Scientists made a list of US cities that may not make it through the next 20, 50 or 80 years due to sea level rise.  If the sea level predictions are accurate, places like New York, Boston, San Francisco and Miami face a grim future, according to researchers from the Union of Concerned Scientists – a nonprofit science advocacy organisation in the US.

They released a report listing the cities that will be inundated with water, that is, they will be flooded at least 26 times per year the equivalent of a flood every other week.

“Between 165 and 180 chronically inundated communities in just the next 15 to 20 years; between 270 and 360 in roughly 40 years, depending on the pace of sea level rise; and 490 by end of century with a moderate sea level rise scenario,” said Erika Spanger-Seigfried, a senior climate analyst for UCS. “With a higher sea level rise scenario, that number rises to about 670; that’s about half of all of the oceanfront communities in the Lower 48,” Spanger-Seigfried told ‘CNN’.

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