According to CNN, the outlook for certain coastal cities in the United States does not look good. For some time now, scientists have been attempting to education people on the dangers of rising seas due to climate change. A comprehensive list now has been created of cities, large and small, that may not make it through the not so distant future.
These warnings are no longer theoretical and the rising of the sea in these coastal regions has begun. The sea has crept up to the point that a high tide and a brisk wind are all it takes to send water pouring into streets and homes. Global climate scientists have documented a sharp jump in “nuisance flooding” along both the East Coast and the Gulf Coast in recent years. The sea is now so near the brim in many places that they believe the problem is likely to worsen quickly. Shifts in the Pacific Ocean mean that the West Coast, partly spared over the past two decades, may be hit hard as well.
In addition to the polar ice caps melting, the problem is compounded by the damage from the increasingly heavy rains plaguing the country. The recent extensive flooding in Louisiana is proof of this theory. Scientists also say that these rains are a consequence of human greenhouse emissions.
Local governments, under pressure from annoyed citizens, are beginning to act. Elections are being won on promises to invest money to protect against flooding. Currently, the United States Conference of Mayors is seeing several of their members speaking out against the dangers of global warming, it light of the current policy that has been adopted by the Trump Administration. But these forward thinking local leaders cannot tackle this problem alone. They are pleading with state and federal governments for guidance and help, including billions to pay for flood walls, pumps, and road improvements that would buy them time.