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Tue Aug 27, 2013, 02:26 AM

New York at risk from combination of rising seas and stronger hurricanes, experts warn

Projections by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show that much of the five boroughs will be submerged if another strong hurricane hits New York in the year 2100.

Thanks to rising seas brought on by global warming, New Yorkers can count on a very wet, deadly, and expensive future.

Based on projections from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, if a storm equivalent in strength to Hurricane Sandy were to hit the five boroughs in the year 2100, vastly larger swaths of the city would be submerged.

The reason is simple. Sea levels are forecast to rise by as much as six feet before the end of the century, making low lying cities like New York all but defenseless to the wrath of powerful storms


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/rising-seas-threatening-new-york-experts-warn-article-1.1437794#ixzz2d9E0YZkL



In its forthcoming report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that sea level could rise by as much as six feet by the end of the century.

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Rhiannon12866 Aug 2013 OP
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silverweb Aug 2013 #2
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2013 #3
silverweb Aug 2013 #4
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2013 #5
silverweb Aug 2013 #6
Rhiannon12866 Aug 2013 #7
hrmjustin Aug 2013 #8
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Cooley Hurd Aug 2013 #10
hrmjustin Aug 2013 #11
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 02:42 AM

2. Probably an irreversible process at this point.

At least the doorbell offered by the spammer above has "excellent waterproof performance." That's a plus, I guess.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 03:16 AM

3. LOL! Thanks for the heads up!

I'm always surprised when they pick on me...

And there has to be something that can be done, since we have fair warning, but getting the city/state/country to act on this now is a whole different issue.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 03:48 AM

4. They're running out of time fast.

Any major projects to protect NYC along the lines of flood control dikes and dams (see Netherlands wiki) would take years and billion$ to achieve. Political agreement to act just won't coalesce until more major disasters strike. Simply abandoning all that real estate and infrastructure to the sea may or may not be a viable option to the PTB.

Ditto all other low-lying coastal areas.

We're soon going to see gradual, then more rapid migration of populations inland. And that's just in the U.S. It's going to be a real big mess if someone doesn't get everybody to listen up, get real, and get organized to mobilize.

At the same time, we'll get to deal with desperate refugees trying to get here from other drowning parts of the world. The Pentagon wasn't kidding when it said climate change will be our #1 security threat.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 04:23 AM

5. That's exactly the case! We need to start while we still have some time!

It's not like we can change everything overnight. We need to start now. And we're not the only ones. We have to make this a worldwide project. Looking at the other news we're discussing now, anything else seems minor in comparison.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 04:42 AM

6. It's very frustrating.

We've had scientists warning us for decades already and it all comes down to the power/money people, who don't really give a shit about anything but their own security, and won't do a damn thing unless it makes them huge profits and guarantees their personal safety.

Getting government money to act takes Congress, and we know who runs that institution right now -- the power/money men.

The bottom line is that they'd be very happy to see a whole lot of us just float off in the waves or disappear down that bayou sink hole that's swallowing trees right now (or others like it).

Mother Earth will be just fine. I can't say the same for humankind if we continue on our present trajectory.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 05:12 AM

7. It's incredibly selfish, since those who are profiting now won't be here to face the consequences

So they aren't worried. And I remember the discussion during Gale Norton's tenure as Sec of the Interior. Like Bush*, she didn't worry about future generations, expected The Rapture to come first, so who cared if we still had clean water or forests? We are slowly beginning to turn this around, but we can't afford to take anymore time.

And I saw the video of the sinkhole. It was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen. And we've recently heard about sinkholes sucking up people, but that soon becomes yesterday's news.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 11:14 AM

8. K&R.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 10:54 PM

9. I live right by the water so this is an real issue here.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 06:27 AM

10. I read the other day that property owners are already raising their houses

Kick and rec.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 12:51 PM

11. Yes I heard in the Rockaways and in Staten Island some houses are being built higher.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 01:07 AM

12. Kicking again because it is important.

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