New York (NY): Much to the concern of scientists and the people of New York, it is expected that by the year 2100, there could a 6 feet rise in sea level and would radically change the map of New York. The findings were the result of a study conducted by the New York City Panel on Climate change. Much unsettling news awaits further as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, one of which is that by the end of 2099, the mean annual temperature could become as high as 66 degrees as well.
However, it is expected that the changes shall be gradual. By 2050, the rise could be in the level of 11 to 21 inches, by the time of 2080, the rise could increase to 18 to 39 inches and the worst awaits for 2100, when the rise could get as high as 72 inches, or 6 feet exactly.
However, this isn’t the first time such a warning has been released by the researchers. According to the New York City Panel, the high dependence of fossil fuels has led to a dramatic increase in greenhouse gas levels and have been directly related to the melting of the polar ice caps.
The observations were made since 1900, and according to researchers, the average rise in sea level per decade could be as high as 1.2 inches, which is almost twice the global value. It is also expected that within 35 years, dramatic changes in climate of geographical locations such as Queens, Brooklyn and the state island coastal areas could be observed. These changes would be accompanied by massive hurricanes bringing in floods as well. Queens however, is expected to loose much of its land to water.
Also, while the study was more focused on the environmental changes within the borders of NYC, similar fate could be shared by cities such as Florida, San Francisco and Boston. The complete report could be found in wiley.com