Miami, Global Warming... Is the Denial of Lawmakers Stirring the Pot for Disaster in Paradise?
Think Progress reports on Jeff Goodell's Rolling Stone article "Goodbye Miami: By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin."
Goodell has talked to many of the leading experts on Miami including Harold Wanless, chair of University of Miami's geological sciences department. The reason climate change dooms Miami is a combination of sea level rise, the inevitability of ever more severe storm surges, and its fatal geology and topology, which puts "more than $416 billion in assets at risk to storm-related flooding and sea-level rise."
The latest research "suggest that sea level could rise more than six feet by century's end", notes Goodell, and "Wanless believes that it could continue rising a foot each decade after that." the article addresses the severity of significantly cutting CO2 immediately, for Manmade Carbon Pollution has already put us on track for 69 feet of sea level rise. Aggressive mitigation combined with massive spending is needed to develop completely new adaptive solutions for Miami to have a serious chance of surviving this century intact. Unfortunately some Florida lawmakers cringe at the mention of climate change, denying humans have anything to do with its rapid progression, making it difficult to see any progress in the State.