Well, this is sad: A study by the climate science research organization Climate Central published this week gives us the stark prediction that all of New Orleans will be under water after 2100, regardless of actions to curtail global carbon emissions. Cool!
The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, includes an interactive map that outlines the impact of carbon emissions in coastal areas in the U.S. While some cities like Norfolk, Virginia could be saved with radical reduction in carbon emissions, the reality is more stark for New Orleans, according to a researcher quoted in Time:
For other cities, including low-lying New Orleans and Miami, whatever hope there was of saving them is now probably in the past. "It's hard to imagine how we could defend Miami in the long run," lead study author Benjamin Strauss told AFP. The city's low elevation and porous limestone bedrock mean levels and sea walls can't save it. Sure, a lot of us won't be around in 85 years, but it's a bummer nonetheless.
· Sea to swallow New Orleans eventually regardless of carbon limits, scientists say [NOLA.com]
· New Orleans and Miami Are Doomed To Be Swallowed by the Sea, Says New Study [Time]