Scientists say large rain events are happening more often, energy is being added to the atmosphere with the trapping of greenhouse gasses and long-term effects of an extensive global warming have long been underway.
As the city is still recovering from the nearly $60 billion in economic damage from Superstorm Sandy, there are catastrophic natural disasters, like tornadoes striking down in the Midwest, and the hurricane season is now among us once again.
While recent reports show sea levels could rise 12 to 55 inches by 2080, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a capital spending plan to set the city on a long term path to dealing with a future full of storm surges and rising tides.
“As bad as Sandy was, future storms could be even worse,” Bloomberg said. “Because of rising temperatures and sea levels, even a storm that’s not as large as Sandy could be, down the road, even more destructive.”
The proposal calls for 12-foot high, removable steel barriers along flood-prone coastline regions like the entrance to New York Harbor, Rockaway and the East River along Newtown Creek.
Critics of global warming might still remain skeptical and lean on contradictory statistics. The National Geographic, for one, reported last week that it may be possible that tornadoes have not increased over the last year or gotten stronger, however it also might be difficult to tell as these current numbers could be related to a wider sample of smaller twisters, factoring in with the overall means of the latest reports.
Following Sandy, Governor Andrew Cuomo offered money to buy the homes of those living in the Rockaways and other flood-prone areas. The message that our elected officials are sending us is that portions of the New York coastline are now uninhabitable.
Whether you believe global warming is having a direct effect on the environment or not, your taxpayer money is going into a solution.