It is unfortunate to say that I never took flooding as a serious natural disaster until recently. Flooding is a devastating by-product of numerous other natural disasters. Coastal areas are more prone to flooding but why? Due to the consistent warming of our atmosphere, the polar ice caps are melting which results in a rise in sea level. Not to mention that a little more than 60% of global freshwater resides within our ice caps. According to epa.gov, the more flooding that occurs increases the amount of saltwater in our natural/ manmade freshwater preserves called aquifers. Flooding can also raise the amplitudes of our tsunamis and increase the rates of coastal erosion. In essence, flooding is a phenomenon that can potentially decrease the amount of freshwater available to us but it can cause catastrophic issues to our cities and coastal area that are below sea level.
In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).