December 2, 2017

Rising seas could wreck east coast

Mother Jones - Large tracts of America’s east coast heritage are at risk from being wiped out by sea level rise, with the rising oceans set to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological and historic sites, according to new research.

Even a modest increase in sea level will imperil much of the south-eastern US’s heritage by the end of the century, researchers found, with 13,000 sites threatened by a 1m increase.

Thousands more areas will be threatened as the seas continue to climb in the years beyond this, forcing the potential relocation of the White House and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and inundation of historic touchstones such as the Kennedy Space Center and St Augustine, Florida, which lays claim to being the oldest city in the US.

2 comments:

greg gerritt said...

We need to get carbon emissions to zero now. 5 years from now is going to be much too late.

MAMADOC said...

St. Augustine's old town lies very high above the sea level, close to the Fort so at least those relics will remain safe from drowning... the lovely beach, great for bicycling, sadly, will be gone.