DISCUSSION: Increasingly warm temperatures throughout the years will eventually cause ice sheets to break off from Earth’s poles, particularly Antarctica. This will lead to a rise in sea level. Although the majority of the world contributes to the effects of global warming, the United States has been the biggest culprit, releasing a quarter of all pollution on the planet since 1850.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have released a report on the extreme sea level rise scenario in the United States. This report has many American coastal cities left almost completely submerged. The floods would affect 172,000 and 222,000 people in Boston, Massachusetts and Virginia Beach, respectively. Miami, Florida will see a total of 296,000 people affected. New York City will have the biggest impacts, as an estimated 832,000 people will be vulnerable to sea level rise.
In some regional areas, the start of the ice sheet’s collapse can raise the sea level by 10 to 12 feet by the year 2100. This dramatic increase would mean ocean waters would cover land that is currently home to more than 12 million Americans and nearly $2 trillion in property. More information about this extreme sea level rise can be found here and here!
(Pictured above is Mar-a-Lago, an estate and national historic landmark in Palm Beach, Florida.)
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