Thanks to climate change, our oceans could rise by as much as 20 or 30 feet in the coming centuries. You can either build an ark (which sounds like an awful lot of work) or high-tail it to higher ground.
This map, designed by MIT music professor Michael Scott Cuthbert and researched by writer/designer Nate Barksdale, can help you plan your trip. The United States is organized by volume above sea level: the more high-reaching areas a state has, the more space on the map it gets. So the mountainous Southwest ends up holding on to a lot of its space, while the relatively low-lying South has almost completely vanished. If you're into cooler climes, Alaska seems to be doing pretty well, too. Rhode Island doesn't have much space left at all--but maybe if there's a tiny bit post-apocalypse you can create a Waterworld-style fortress island.
Yeah, like 23 to 45 centuries if the current trend continues, so plan ahead for your vacation in 4313 AD.
FYI, the measured rate of sea level rise from 1993 to 2009 is about 3.3 millimeters per year. That's 0.13 inches a year or about 1/100th of a foot a year. It would take 2,300 years for the sea level to rise 25 feet. The trend from 1950 to 2009 was half that, so it would take about 4,500 years to rise 25 feet if the longer term trend continued.
That trend varies quite a bit. See here:
There is no reason to believe that it will continue to rise at the current rate indefinitely because the earth cycles between ice ages and interglacial periods. We're in an interglacial period right now. Based on the last 400,000 years of climate history, we're due for another ice age. See here:
I love the opening lines of this; "Thanks to climate change, our oceans could rise by as much as 20 or 30 feet in the coming centuries. YOU can either build an ark (which sounds like an awful lot of work) or high-tail it to higher ground."
....OR... in the coming CENTURIES, 1) the ever so slow crawl of the rising waters wont be noticed, as people always tend to build on dry land. 2) The world might find a way to reverse global warming. 3) The 30billion inhabitants may not mind more farmland in warmer, now frozen northern zones. 4) Mars might be habitable! 5) There may be no global warming and it's just a temporary warming trend! 6) Underwater habitats! 7) Floating cities! 8) Lots of sunny beaches! 9) Sunscreen companies invent totally personal shields!
And the number one reason why this is a "I don't give a shit" article is...... 10) I won't be here!!!!! So I won't be building an ark nor high-tailing it to higher ground popsci. Nice try.
Today's magic is tomorrow's technology.
Come on you guys. Just because your world doesn't revolve around Manhattan and what's important to its PC inhabitants doesn't mean it shouldn't.
Geographic evolution, baby!
Also, let's put up a wall on the west side of the Mississippi. We'll say it's to keep the water out... yeah... and the barbed wire is just to keep the birds off.
Flooding and minor temperature flux are the least of our concerns. Let's figure out why the bees are dying. Let's figure out how we feed the thousands of children who starve every day (and how to feed them when they become adults). Let's worry about the people who don't have clean water to drink. Let's talk about real human suffering instead of tilting at windmills.
So much of our money and energy is wasted on something that, even if it were real, wouldn't affect us for generations. Put your effort where it can do the most good.
Cool graphic, tho!
Just like cigarettes, if its really slow, nothing bad happens.
I wish it would happen faster, instead of me going 6 miles to the beach I will just wait till the beach comes to me. Would be handy if I could fish from the kitchen window.
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