Where do you live? If you live on or near the coast, you’re gonna get wet.
A study just published by the Union of Concerned Scientists says that already 90 cities, mostly in Louisiana and Maryland, are inundated, which is defined as a non-wetland area subject to flooding 26 or more times a year. Within the next 15-20 years (2032-2037), that number will rise to 165-180 cities, mostly in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Louisiana. Within 40 years (2057), 270-360 cities will face disruptive high tides and flooding that make conducting business as usual impossible. By the end of the century, using a moderate scenario for sea level rise, 490 cities will be inundated, more than 50 of which will have 100,000 people or more. That list includes Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and four of New York City’s five boroughs.
If the world can keep the global temperature rise to 1.5°C-2°C by 2100, between 200 and 380 coastal cities would be spared utter devastation. Cities will have to plan and act to prevent or mitigate the flooding, as will residents, businesses, and public institutions. Also, concerted government action is a must; setting policies and providing resources.