Many US cities could be washed away due to rising sea level
A new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences has unveiled that many US cities are at high risk of being washed away by increasing sea levels this century. New Orleans is facing the maximum risk and Miami also has crossed the point of no return.
Study's lead author Benjamin Strauss said, "For New Orleans, there are levees, it's possible to build levees higher and stronger for some time, but that's not necessarily safe or sustainable in the long run. We've already seen what can happen when levees break".
As per the calculations made by the researchers, carbon emissions can increase the sea level by at least 14 feet by 2100 if the emissions continue to increase at the same pace. There are 1,800 municipalities along the coast and they face danger along with them, 21 cities having populations of over 100,000 residents.
Researchers have even calculated the lock-in date for cities, it means the year in which the emissions would bring the city under water. According to the researchers' data, lock-in date for Hollywood is 2025 and New York is 2095.
The researchers said that in their research they are talking about what would happen if continue to emit this level of carbon into the atmosphere. The study findings should give a wake-up call with regard to our energy consumption.
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