Florida, a state that experiences devastating hurricanes, will be hit far harder by 2100 as storm surges, bolstered by higher sea levels, become unprecedentedly powerful. It must be highlighted that the Sunshine State also happens to have reelected Senator Marco Rubio, another prominent climate change denier.
Much of Asia’s coastlines and even parts of Western Europe will find themselves dealing with the same degree of sea level rise that most of America’s Atlantic coast will experience.
A Democrat in the White House would have fought to stop this type of climate change nightmare. With Trump at the helm, it’s highly likely that this inundated future is one we are now locked into. All attempts to curtail the US’s carbon footprint will at best be stalled, and at worst dramatically reversed.
As always when it comes to climate change, the poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer the most, and this study is another perfect example of this. While places like New York City will undoubtedly be hit hard by sea level rise, rapidly developing cities in less wealthy nations will feel the brunt of the burden.
One of the key pledges of the Paris agreement was for nations like the US to help fund the transition of such nations from relying on fossil fuels to clean energy sources. It was supposed to be one of the most optimistic and cooperative frameworks ever conceived by our species.
Instead, hopes will sink – and, mostly likely, cities will too.