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To All My Friends Before The Rise...

Posted on the 24 November 2016 by Lowell

Friends Before Rise...

Reynard Loki, writing at Alternet, describes how sea rise will have a monumental impact upon our planet. "And one dramatic effect is going to force humans to relocate." From 1880 to the present, the seas have risen about 8 inches. But that's just the start. From now until 2100, a mere 84 years away, the seas are predicted to rise an additional one to four feet! And they will continue rising as time goes on.
But I live in Florida and that is the focus of my concern in this essay. Ben Strauss, "A vice president at Climate Central, which spent two years analyzing the specific threat to the Sunshine State," said "'Rising seas, a population crowded along the coast, porous bedrock, and the relatively common occurrence of tropical storms put more real estate and people at risk from storm surges aggravated by sea-level rise in Florida, than any other state by far.'"
Strauss goes on to note "that in Florida, around 2.4 million people live within just 4 feet of the local high tide line. That's almost half the national risk right there. In Miami-Dade and Broward counties alone, there are more people below 4 feet than any other state, except Florida itself and Louisiana [...] ...After the Sunshine State, the next three states that will most likely be overcome by rising ocean water are California, Louisiana and New York.
The map above shows dramatically what Florida will look like with a mere one meter rise in sea level. Everything in red will be under water!
And the Trump administration, built on ideology and not science, plays down climate change and rising seas and is considering dropping out of our international agreements to take action to reverse this situation!

Please read Loki's entire article HERE.

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