...and that may just be the tip of the proverbial (and rapidly melting) iceberg, if our carbon emissions remain unchecked in the next hundred years. Optimism is welcomed, but let's be real -- there's a good chance it could happen.
According to a recent study conducted by PNAS (grow up, man --- it's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) if pollution remains constant and rampant over the next century -- meaning no drastic reform or measures are taken -- researchers predict sea levels to permanently rise 32.5ft (9.9 meters) across various American cities, gradually, over the next couple thousands years. If the scenario happened tomorrow, an estimated 20 million people in 21 different cities would potentially be out of a home due to downright submersion.
Two scenarios were presented in the paper. In the first, the West Antarctic ice sheet collapses completely, and in the second, the ice sheet remains intact through anti-pollution measures. Which curbs the aquatic ravaging -- but not for every city. The following cities (each with a population more than 100k) would still be totally fucked and soaking wet, in either case:
- New Orleans, LA
- Hollywood, FL
- Miami Gardens, FL
- Cape Coral, FL
- Hialeah, FL
- Miramar, FL
- Hialeah, FL
- Pembroke Pines, FL
So, if you love Bourbon Street, or can stand being in Florida for extended periods somehow, the year 2200 will be a major downer.