Parts of Miami will be under water
Journalists mulling the meaning of climate change and rising sea levels might be closer to the problem than they realize while attending the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Miami.
That’s because scientists have predicted that by the year 2100 Miami could have lost up to 10 percent of its land area to the ocean. The study at the University of Arizona, published earlier this year, forecast sea rises of between one and six meters in 180 coastal cities around the United States. Miami would be among the worst affected, the study predicted.
“I don’t know about this hotel, but certainly significant parts of Miami will be under water, according to that study,” Tom Yulsman, of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, told conference guests Wednesday at the Intercontinental Hotel, located steps away from Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
He told The Miami Planet later: “There’s something for us to think about right there. Here we are talking about the state of our environment with the water literally — perhaps just not noticeably yet — rising around us.”