Report: threat of coastal flooding from Global Warming


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Two new reports are giving some insight into the effects of global warming.

The growing threat could cause sea levels to rise, flooding major cities across the globe. News 8 wanted to look a little deeper to see what this would mean for us here in Connecticut.

“How you prepare for that or how you respond to that is a huge question,” said Professor James Tait at Southern Connecticut State University.

These new reports are out ahead of a United Nations meeting set to take place in France at the end of this month to discuss this very topic. The goal is to prevent coastal areas around the world from flooding. And here in Connecticut we would definitely see the impact from all of this.

Climate Central is reporting that if the warming continues by another few degrees we will see cities across the globe flooded with water, including New York, Miami and London. The major issues are the carbon emissions. They’re causing warming, which is melting ice and causing sea levels to rise.

This is bad news considering that half of the world’s population lives along coastal areas. If sea levels rose by several feet, it would force hundreds of millions of people to abandon their homes and move further inland to already populated areas. That would be the case  from Greenwich all the way to Stonington.

“This is something we have to live with. It’s something we have to plan for, but the problem is the people use that uncertainty to say since we don’t know and not to get all excited about it,”  said Tait.

Professor Tait says we are quickly reaching a tipping point. We have to reduce the amount of carbon emissions being emitted across the globe and fast to stop the melting and sea-level rise. And that will be the focus of that United Nations meeting in France.

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