This is Our Fate: What Could Disappear

This op-ed in The New York Times doesn’t mince words. Global warming is real, and many parts of the world will simply disappear if the sea levels rise:

Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea. But if there are no patterns, it means that nothing is inevitable either. History offers less dire scenarios: the city could move to another island, the way Torcello was moved to Venice, stone by stone, after the lagoon turned into a swamp and its citizens succumbed to a plague of malaria. The city managed to survive, if not where it had begun. Perhaps the day will come when skyscrapers rise out of downtown Scarsdale.

Don’t miss the excellent interactive to go along with the piece, showing which cities will fall if the sea level rise.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone goes to zero.

An interesting way to start the week, don’t you think?

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