For some, the fear is constant. For others, it’s simply easier not to think about it until it’s happening. The fact is, climate change is a real problem, and it has real consequences. It affects not only sea life, but us on land, as well.
Research from Climate Central has projected a four-foot rise of the global sea level within the next two-or-so centuries, as well as a 10 foot rise in the end. Should a 10-foot rise of the global sea level occur, 28,800 square miles of land would be lost, and 12.3 million people would lose the land they currently call home.
If the notion that this projected 10-foot rise is centuries away calms you, it shouldn’t. There is a greater than 16.67% chance that by the year 2020, a combination of sea level rise, storm surges and tides will cause the sea level in Los Angeles, California to rise an entire foot. While that number may appear manageable, that small rise would affect 528 acres, 1,738 homes and 2,907 people in the area. If this study proves correct, in less than six years, 528 acres of Los Angeles may be underwater.