A new study shows that New York City could be flooded every twenty years due to climate change and global warming. Climate change affects the rise of sea-level which could cause hurricanes. These hurricanes could start to flood the coastline of New York City once in 2 centuries. Water levels could rise up to2.8 meters ( 9 feet) in hurricanes that can occur much more often than we wore used to until now.
This study wants to show the damage that humans have made by causing climate change. These findings come after Hurricane Matthew made a disaster in the U.S this weekend.
The study was made in order to measure the frequency with which these floods are likely to happen in the future.
Another Hurricane that the researchers mentioned was Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the northeastern coast of U.S. The coastal parts of New York were also affected by this Hurricane. Proprieties were damaged and 120 people were killed.
Hurricanes like Sandy could occur once every 4 centuries if the climate does not change in the future. Although there are not many chances for the climate to stay the same since temperatures are rising every year. This means that dangerous hurricanes like Sandy could occur even more often.
The researchers mentioned that in order to protect the coastal areas of New York an enormous undertaking will be required. Engineering projects will be needed because the coastline will be hit periodically and it will be damaged in time.
This study also highlights how important it is to stop the emission of greenhouse gasses that have caused climate change. These greenhouse gasses are produced by humans in their daily routine.
The leader of the study, Ning Lin, says that this is the first study that showed how the hurricane activity and the sea-levels rising are caused by climate change. This also shows how these side effects of climate change could affect people.
This study was made by combining computer projections and historical data. It will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy.
The agreement to stop climate change, the Paris Agreement, will start on November 4 and maybe some things are going to change after in order to prevent the findings of this study from happening.
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