You know how hundreds of thousands of “snow birds” go to Florida to spend the winter, mostly older Americans? We predict the trend will reverse in the future, and permanently, with millions of people leaving Florida and returning to the cities of origin that are slightly higher above sea level.
The New Yorker has a really good piece with on the ground (albeit soggy) observations from Miami. Predictions of Sea Level Rise are not academic “what-if”, type scenarios. Parts of the city flood regularly on full moons and king tides. Elizabeth Kolbert got her feet wet to bring us this one.
Mick Huckabee feels “blessed” to have a $3 million, 11,000 square foot beachfront vacation home in Florida. We think he is blessed to have federally subsidized flood insurance and a Florida DEP that basically looks the other way and approves every application to build houses where beaches and protective dunes really should be. That is just one of the stories in part 2 of Reuters’ series on Sea Level Rise.
Part 2 is as good as the first. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/waters-edge-the-crisis-of-rising-sea-levels/#article-2-against-the-tide This is reporting at its best folks. I urge you to read the in-depth piece by Deborah J. Nelson, Ryan McNeill and Duff Wilson.