32 U.S. Cities Sinking into the Ocean, Face Significant Flood Risks by 2050

New York and San Francisco risk sinking into the ocean and face significant flood risks by 2050

A recent study revealed that 32 major cities in the United States, including New York and San Francisco, risk sinking into the ocean and facing significant flood risks by 2050. The study, conducted by researchers at Climate Central and published in the journal Nature Communications, found that these cities are sinking due to rising sea levels and subsidence, which is the gradual sinking of land. The study highlights how the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events, endanger coastal cities. In addition to New York and San Francisco, other at-risk cities include Miami, New Orleans, Houston, and Boston.

The researchers warn that if these cities do not take action to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to rising sea levels, millions of residents face catastrophic flooding and displacement. The study emphasizes the urgency of implementing measures to protect these cities from the impacts of climate change, such as improving physical infrastructure, building sea walls, and enforcing zoning regulations to limit development in high-risk areas. Overall, the study serves as a stark reminder of the need for immediate action to address the growing threat of climate change and its impact on coastal cities.

“Climate Central communicates climate change science, effects, and solutions to the public and decision-makers. Climate Central is an independent group of scientists and communicators who research and report the facts about our changing climate and how it affects people’s lives.”

“Nature Communications is an open access, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research in all areas of the biological, health, physical, chemical, Earth, social, mathematical, applied, and engineering sciences. Papers published by the journal aim to represent important advances of significance to specialists within each field.”

(Source: Turner, Ben. “32 U.S. Cities, Including New York and San Francisco, Are Sinking into the Ocean and Face Major Flood Risks by 2050, New Study Reveals.” LiveScience, Future US, Inc., 6 Mar. 2024, www.livescience.com/planet-earth/climate-change/32-us-cities-including-new-york-and-san-francisco-are-sinking-into-the-ocean-and-face-major-flood-risks-by-2050-new-study-reveals.)

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