18 Feb '15, 6pm
Miami is already sinking under rising sea levels
This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. You don’t have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like — you only need to look as far as Miami. Climate scientists have been warning the world about sea-level rise for years, pleading with governments to cut back on carbon lest all our coastal cities go the way of Venice. In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth Assessment Report , predicting that oceans would rise more than three feet by 2100. Those projections make for some alarming visions of the future — cities water-logged, monuments submerged, islands created. But the flooding is already happening in Florida. At the University of Miami’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Brian McNoldy and other researchers have been accumulating sea-level dat...