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What If Global Warming Continues? 8 Most Dire Scenarios For America's Atlantic Coast

By    |   Friday, 06 February 2015 02:35 PM

Climate change scientists believe that if global warming continues, the seas will rise causing massive flooding in coastal regions. The rise in sea levels is attributed to the melting of glaciers and ice sheets that currently cover approximately 10 percent of the world's land areas.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "During recent years (1993–2003), for which the observing system is much better, thermal expansion and melting of land ice each account for about half of the observed sea level rise, although there is some uncertainty in the estimates."

Here are eight dire scenarios for America's Atlantic Coast if global warming continues:

1. According to the findings of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, "If the rate of sea-level rise increases by 0.08 inches (0.2 centimeters) per year or more over the current rate, it is likely (more than 66 percent likelihood) that some barriers islands in the Mid-Atlantic will reach a tipping point and undergo substantial changes that cannot be reversed. These islands may move more rapidly toward the mainland or separate into smaller islands."

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2. Benjamin Strauss from the non-profit Climate Central provided Senate testimony on global warming and the rise in sea levels in 2012. "… the risks from sea level rise are imminent and serious; this is not a distant problem only of concern for our children. Escalating floods from sea level rise will affect millions of Americans, and threaten countless billions of dollars of damage to buildings and infrastructure."

3. If global warming continues, the Statue of Liberty may succumb to the rising seas and sink. In addition, many other national monuments and treasured landmarks are threatened by the dire impact of climate change. Adam Markham, the director of climate impacts at the Union of Concerned Scientists states, "The imminent risks to these sites and the artifacts they contain threaten to pull apart the quilt that tells the story of the nation’s heritage and history," reports Time.

4. Reporting on a study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Washington Post paints a dire picture of future flooding on the Atlantic Coast. "Miami, Atlantic City, Cape May, N.J., and Lewisetta and Windmill Point, both on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, can expect at least 240 days of flooding by 2045."

5. Rising sea levels "could swamp tens of thousands of homes and businesses along the coasts and jeopardize big chunks of land along Maryland's fragile Chesapeake Bay," reports USA Today.

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6. As reported by Michael D. Lemonick of Climate Central, "On average, scientists have projected that the oceans should rise by about 3 feet by 2100, inundating low-lying land, contaminating water supplies and undermining roads, airports, port facilities and power plants."

7. If global warming continues unchecked, in the coming centuries Long Island could be 21 percent flooded with all of the barrier islands gone and the southern shore moved up to five miles inland. The New York Times reports that by 2300, if nations make moderate pollution cuts, the seas will still rise by 12 feet, which would cause 12 percent of Long Island to be flooded.

8. "Does Sea Level Rise Matter to Transportation Along the Atlantic Coast?" is a report on the impacts of global warming on transportation. The report highlights the impact of rising sea levels on infrastructure. For example, tunnels are at risk of entrance flooding and an increase in "hydraulic pressure on the tunnel walls" due to a rise in the water tables. "The New York Metro Area rail and subway system appears to be particularly vulnerable. A number of East Coast railroads have been in their current locations for 150 years, during which time the sea has risen 1.5-2 feet."

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