Another warning, another consequence of rising seas.

Another warning, another consequence of rising seas. Even if our climate turns sharply colder, the seas will continue to rise for awhile.



  1. And if a major data point, like NYC has floods again that knock out the internet, it can crash the economy (wall street is vulnerable due to coastal flooding).

  2. Joseph Teller Thanks for your insight! At least there are two of us who have our eyes open. The vast majority have stuck their heads in the sand. The comfort of denial pervades our world.

    Economic collapse isn't going to facilitate the process, either, but it is on the way in any case as the American empire, if not the US itself, disintegrates (with a little encouragement from our new authoritarian "friends.")

    I was pleased to find that at least one coastal city has been putting some thought into this subject. This is something we all should be doing....especially those of us who will not be swamped. - The Sea Level Rise Action Plan | Planning Department

  3. I have just written my local planning department as follows:

    "The Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan (2004) apparently is based on a "modest" increase in population size. Americans fleeing rising seas are going to throw this estimate way off the mark, with the County population at least doubling in the coming decades.

    "Climate refugees will be attracted to greater Ithaca by its relative safety, elevation and prosperity. Cornell and Ithaca College grads will remember our plentiful supply of potable water, etc. and will bring their families with them from NYC and Long Island by the thousands.

    "San Francisco ( has a specific Sea Level Rise Action Plan which

    '1. Establishes an overarching vision, goals, and a set of guiding principles for sea level rise planning;
    2. Summarizes current climate science, relevant policies and regulations, and vulnerability and risk assessments conducted to date;
    3. Identifies data gaps and establish a framework for further assessment, adaptation planning, and implementation; and
    4. Provides the foundation and guidance to develop a citywide Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan'

    "Do Tompkins County planners assume the County will NOT be affected by sea level rise? Is there a Tompkins County Sea Level Rise Action Plan?"

    I suspect others are thinking about this and am encouraging them to come forward.

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