How high will the seas swell? And how fast? No one knows for certain. Science blasted us to the moon and built the Internet, so I put my faith in the climatologists when they say “later this century” and “by a lot”. However, the Devil might advocate that we don’t completely understand today, much less how to model what’ll happen decades from now. And he’d be right…
Perhaps, come July 2100, your great-grandson or daughter will vacation in family bliss alongside the same ocean we’ve always known.
Or instead, the icecap, lubricated by a parade of balmy summers, will slide off Greenland, float into the Gulf Stream, and melt like so many snowballs. Total sea level increase: twenty-plus feet.
And every ton of blithely-belched CO2 tilts the odds a hair closer to this Doomsday future.
Above, we see New York City, with dense residential neighborhoods colored by elevation: white at the mean tide line, fading to yellow at 12 feet, orange at 25 feet, and blue at 50 feet or more above sea level, with less-populated areas represented by the same scheme, darkened proportionally.
Clearly, there’s significant growth potential in the hip-wader market.
Best of luck to anyone still bogged down in Sandy’s wake.