STATES CHRONICLE – A government council from California raises awareness regarding global warming which might trigger California sea levels to rise. The level of ocean water off the coast may increase even more than previously estimated. Scientists predicted that by the end of this century, the sea level in this area might rise by ten feet. If this were to happen, airports in San Francisco and Oakland would be destroyed.
Researchers estimated that California sea levels would increase up to 10 feet by the end of the century
Moreover, the sea water will flood roadways, damaging low-lying bridges, farmland, beaches, railroad tracks and some towns near the coast. The report published by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team indicated warns people about the fact that sea level rise would cause 42,000 homes to be under water.
This council has updated their report on April 26, revealing a higher increase in sea levels. This worst-case scenario prediction occurred after the declaration of the Louisiana governor who warned authorities and residents about the emergency regarding the vanishing coastline of the state. The Governor John Bel Edwards pointed out that Louisiana might lose approximately 2,250 square miles of shoreline due to rising sea levels in the next 50 years.
This sea level rise would damage the infrastructure, flooding beaches and damaging residents’ homes
Miami is also threatened by a terrible rise in sea levels. A new study released in Nature Climate Change last week noted that 2.5 million Miami citizens could lose their homes by 2100. Based on the data provided by the Ocean Protection Council report, in California, the worst thing that could happen is that waters could rise about 30 times faster in the future decades compared to the last century.
If there won’t be a significant change in decreasing the emissions of fossil fuel, a higher rise of sea levels will most likely wipe out about 67% of the beaches in Southern California by 2100. If, however, some significant changes are made, and the reduction of fossil fuel emissions will be significant, then the sea levels in San Francisco Bay would increase by 2.4 feet.
The report of the council warns people that even such a small increase could still damage infrastructure, property and the economy in the area. The team decided to update their report after they unveiled that ice layers in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at a faster pace than they have previously thought. An increase in California sea levels would devastate the area off the coast, causing a lot of financial damage.
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