316 US Cities Are Doomed to Watery Fate
Study: Another 1,100 cities could share same future
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 1:02 AM CDT
Updated Aug 3, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Waves pound a wall near buildings in Pacifica, Calif.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – It's already too late to cut greenhouse-gas emissions enough to prevent 316 American cities from eventually being partially submerged by rising seas, and the number whose fate is being "locked in" is constantly rising, a chilling new study finds. Researchers—who warn that emissions already released will cause the seas to keep rising for a long time—predict that if global warming keeps up its pace through 2100, the number of towns and cities locked in to a watery fate will swell to some 1,400, USA Today reports.

Cities and towns in Florida are most at risk, with Miami beyond saving by 2041 if current emission levels continue. Louisiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina each have 100 cities that could be doomed. The Guardian explains that those 1,400 locations represent ones where 50% of the current population "lives below the locked-in future high-tide level." The dates given in the study detail when the cities would be past the "point of no return," not actually underwater, notes the Guardian. And some big-name locations are already there. "Even if we could just stop global emissions tomorrow on a dime, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, Hoboken, NJ, will be under sea level," study author Benjamin Strauss, a scientist at Climate Central, tells the Guardian. Averting the sea-level rise will require emission cuts much deeper than anything politicians are currently considering, he says.

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1492
Aug 12, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
I remember as kid growing up in Texas, Houston was already giving way to the ocean. Water tables are as low as 3 to 4 feet. Surely New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco to name a few. Abroad, Japan's Tokyo, Mexico's Cancun and Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Rocky Point. Unless you can convince me that the ocean will rise only on the U.S. East coast. P.S. All this global warming is happening inspite of Zero emissions into the atmosphere. I recall talk of an ice age. What was emitting emissions enough to melt the ice? So hog wash! 1492
BrushMan
Aug 4, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
Living 10 miles east of Pikes Peak, we are not too worried. Its forest fire due to climate change that threatens us.
Crotalus
Aug 4, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
" Averting the sea-level rise will require emission cuts much deeper than anything politicians are currently considering, he says" This is proof positive that this gaggle of phuc tard politicians don't give a crap about or your family. They don't care whether you lose everything just as long as their lobbyist cronies are taken care of and these scum bags are re elected.