It is no surprise that climate change has affected us in many ways. More specifically, climate change has affected the USA. And depending on the place or state you reside, the effect of climate change may be different. In this article I will like to discuss the effects climate change has on my home region of New York City (NYC). The big issues NYC faces are flooding and sea level rise.
NYC is surrounded by water and throughout its history, it has relied on this water for transporting shipments and people from place to place. However, the city as we know it, could be affected by a rise in sea level that could lead to more flooding.
As a result of global warming, sea level is rising. This rise in sea level is causing an increase on the strength of storms that could cause greater damage to the city than usual flooding. In the article, “Climate Change Will Bring Major Flooding to New York Every 5 Years” by Robinson Meyer, a study conducted by a group of climate scientists estimates that higher sea level will lead to greater storm surges and increase in intense hurricanes. Robinson Meyer says, “New York City has experienced 7.5-foot floods several times in the past decade. Superstorm Sandy loosed 10- or 11-foot floods on much of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, killing 43 people and inundating more than 88,000 buildings.” Additionally, according to the article, NYC also faces a threat from the possible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice sheet. The collapse of the ice sheet is a threat because the “powerful gravitational pull currently keeps sea levels on that coast usually low.” therefore, if the ice sheet collapses, there could be greater flooding.
Flooding and sea level rise are big threats to NYC as they increase in the near and distant future. If we don’t act now, those years could come closer than we think. There is only so much scientists can do to estimate the time and effects of climate change damages. It’s better to prepare now than to lament the disasters later.
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