July 31, 2013
Benjami Strauss has led a newly published study that claims it is guaranteed that seas across the globe will rise by 4 feet in the next 75 years. This will place an estimated 1,400 US cities in jeopardy of being overtaken by flooding and submerged underwater.
Cities such as Miami and Jacksonville in Florida; as well as Virginia Beach, Virginia will sink under the sea because of greenhouse emissions.
Although scientists agree that this process could take hundreds of years, it is nonetheless important to make concessions and changes to our world now to prepare for this possible future.
Because of “an invisible shadow process” sea levels are expected to rise with acceleration 10 times faster than now.
Peter Ruggiero, coastal engineer for Oregon State University said: “This is probably the most unique and novel way I’ve seen of talking about a longer time frame.”
Strauss works for Climate Central , a coalition of meteorologists who “provides local broadcast meteorologists with scientific expertise, data and graphics on local weather events and their connection to climate change.”
Funding for Climate Central is provided by:
• The Rockefeller Family Fund
• Foundation for Environmental Research
• NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
• Rockefeller Brothers Fund
• Turner Foundation
• US Army Corps of Engineers
• US Department of Energy
• The World Bank, The Nature Conservatory
A previous study conducted by an international team exerts that “for every degree Fahrenheit of global warming due to carbon pollution, global average sea level will rise by about 4.2 feet in the long run. When multiplied by the current rate of carbon emissions, and the best estimate of global temperature sensitivity to pollution, this translates to a long-term sea level rise commitment that is now growing at about 1 foot per decade.”
Based on Strauss’ findings, 18 million people in 1,429 municipalities and 316 coastal cities and towns in the lower 48 states would be under threat of being submerged underwater.
To come up with this scenario, Strauss took figures from the Climate Central Surging Seas project (SSP).
Strauss admonished if global greenhouse emissions are not curbed, the melting of ice at the poles would be irreversible and timescales could not predict the rising sea levels that would ensue.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will champion a $20 billion dollar project to combat climate change and the threat of rising sea levels with the construction of flood gates and levees.
Bloomberg said : “Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point. The bottom line is: We can’t run the risk.”
The document outlines the assessment made by Bloomberg’s office on how to properly combat climate change which includes:
• Rewriting existing building codes
• Structuring public transportation, hospitals, water treatment plants and communities to meet the challenges of global warming
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in accord with Bloomberg to create digital cities that are climate change friendly. Construction will withstand extreme weather, reroute power during outages, be protected from flooding and assist residents in transportation out of devastated or affected areas.
Bloomberg and Lee have attended a summit to discuss these schemes for their cities that will bring together residents in conjunction with learning to live sustainable lives.