The conclusion here is laughable with its 80 year time-frame for inability to inhabit these cities. Some of them are already flooded regularly in areas important to the municipal functions. Note that this article leaves out entirely the increasing flooding resulting from extreme weather such as the floods in the Midwest of the US. If a city is regularly submerged in 10-12 feet of water, will people be able to live there?
10 sinking cities that could soon be underwater
- Some major cities are sinking and could become unlivable due to climate change and rising sea levels.
- Jakarta is sinking up to 6.7 inches per year due to excessive groundwater pumping.
- Venice is sinking at a rate of 0.08 inches every year.
- Parts of New Orleans are sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year and could be underwater by 2100.
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Some cities are sinking due to increasing sea levels slowly encroaching on their coasts, while others are sinking because ofexcessive groundwater pumping that creates a change in pressure and volume that causes land to sink.
Here are 10 sinking cities that are in danger of disappearing.
Jakarta is sinking up to 6.7 inches per year due to excessivegroundwater pumping (which creates a change in pressure and volume that causes the land to sink). Much of the city could be underwater by 2050.
The Indonesian government recently approved a plan to move the capital 100 miles away from its current location on the island of Java in order to protect its 10 million residents from more flooding. The move would take about 10 years and cost $33 billion.
Bangladesh produces 0.3% of the emissions that contribute to climate change, but the country is facing some of the biggest consequences of rising sea levels, according to The New York Times.
Oceans could flood 17% of Bangladesh’s land and displace about 18 million of its citizens by 2050.
Venice is sinking at a rate of 0.08 inches every year.
Italy began building a flood barrier consisting of 78 gates across its three inlets in 2003. It’s known as Mose. The barrier was supposed to be completed in 2011, but will likely not be ready until 2022.
When a series of storms hit Venice in 2018, the $6.5 billion project was still incomplete. The flooding was the worst the city had seen in a decade.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than 1 centimeter a year andcould be below sea level by 2030, according to The Guardian.
To help prevent flooding, especially during Thailand’s summer rainy season, an architecture firm built an 11-acre park that can hold up to 1 million gallons of rainwater called Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Parts of New Orleans are sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year and could be underwater by 2100, according to a 2016 NASA study.
Some parts of New Orleans are also 15 feet below sea level, and its location on a river delta increases its exposure to sea-level rise and flooding.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
According to The New York Times, 90% of the city of Rotterdam is below sea level. As ocean levels rise, the risk of flooding increases.
Like Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park, the Dutch have built “water parks” that double as reservoirs for the swelling water levels in a project called Room for the River, as well as enormous storm surge barriers.
Alexandria’s beaches have been disappearing as sea levels continue to rise. T he Mediterranean Sea could rise as much as 2 feet by 2100, according to NPR.
Environmental author Jeff Goodell previously told Business Insider that “there’s virtually no scenario under which you can imagine [Miami] existing at the end of the century” and referred to it as “the poster child for a major city in big trouble.”
Miami’s sea levels are rising at faster rates than in other areas of the world, resulting in floods, contaminated drinking water, and major damage to homes and roads.
The city may soon have to raise its structures to stay above water.