Study: Sea level rise to swamp coastal cities by 2100

2100. That’s 89 years from now — the turn of the next century. I think it’s fair to say that most of us reading this post now will be dead.

My son, born in 2000, would be 100 years old if he lives that long.

I bring this up because 2100 is the year that many climate change reports use as a marker to predict what will happen with various aspects of climate change. For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that by 2100, the world’s average temperature will have risen anywhere from 2 to 10 degrees worldwide.

2100. That’s a dizzying 22 presidential elections – and 89 Super Bowls — from now.

In this day and age of the instant and endless news cycle, thinking that far ahead is admittedly difficult to do. I doubt there are many stories or blog posts on this site that mention the year 2100.

It’s relevant at this moment because yet another climate change report – this one about sea-level rise in the USA – crossed my desk this week. In it, the report states that rising sea levels could threaten 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, according to new research led by University of Arizona scientists.

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