Drowning Miami

For more reasons than one, this article in the guardian is utterly terrifying.

Of course, the article doesn’t skimp on the overly dramatic, with lines like

Miami and its surroundings are facing a calamity worthy of the Old Testament.


 Nor will south Florida have to wait that long for the devastation to come. Long before the seas have risen a further three or four feet, there will be irreversible breakdowns in society, he says.

But the truth is, even if things don’t turn out that grim – they will be bad nonetheless. I moved here four years ago. In those four years, I have seen more and more flooding – Miami Beach turns into a giant pool during high tide. And even billions spent on a new drainage system only turn the water level on Alton Road from knee high to ankle high.

By now, it might already be too late to avoid climate change. However, we might be able to deal with it; just like human ingenuity has managed to deal with forces of nature throughout its history.

What might save Miami is some of its ultra-rich inhabitants (who typically also happen to live in areas most affected by rising sea levels) putting enough resources behind measures to deal with climate change. Meanwhile Florida’s politicians remain busy pretending that the problem doesn’t even exist.