It seems like a scene from a science fiction film, the image of 400 US cities being wiped out by climate change. It seems even easier to disbelieve it and think of remote picture postcard tropical islands like the Soloman Islands or Kiribati Like lots of other countries that have a coastline, the United States of America is about to face the wrath of Nature. The US is facing the possibility of 400 of its cities to be uninhabitable by 2085. Most of the citizens in these low-lying cities reside within five feet of the current high tide boundary.
That 90 cities could double in just the next 20 years, with the figure reaching 400 US cities being wiped out in stages over the next 80 years. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences which stays that the fate of these 400 cities, which include Miami, New York, and New Orleans, cannot be changed.
Florida is at the greatest risk which holds a population of 40 percent of the entire US population. Three other states that are at potential risk are California, Louisiana and New York. New Orleans is said to be the most compromised because 98 percent of its populated land will be under the sea in the future.
Miami will also not be able to resist the high tides because its flatness and limestone foundation will give away. There are often times in the area’s calendar, that the local residents drive down flooded streets. For example, the Florida State Road, the A1A runs the entire length of the state alongside the ocean, and often it is extremely vulnerable to flooding.
90+ coastal communities in the US are battling chronic flooding
Even if we are to make aggressive carbon emission cuts, the future of the millions of Americans living near the coasts cannot be changed. But the reduction of carbon usage and shift to renewable sources can save the other iconic coastal cities of the US. If climate change continues at the current rate, the homes of 20 million people across various states of the US will be affected.