Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City because of flooding. NYC was not made for this much water. We were not prepared. Unfortunately, we might have to very soon. Recently, Science Magazine published that within a century, sea level will rise 20 feet. That change is only a result of an increase in overall global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius. Now how much will 20 feet affect NYC’s coastlines?
Look at the following maps:
Goodbye Manhattan. Goodbye North Brooklyn. Goodbye South Brooklyn. Goodbye New York City in general.
An estimated 1.8 million people will need to move away as a result of this sea level increase. Although Manhattan may not be the most populated residential area in NYC, but approximately 3 million people commute there every day. If no one can access Manhattan, no companies would settle there either. Seems like NYC’s reputation as world financial center is at risk.
What can we do about this? Can we do anything about this? Sighs.
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