Rising sea water will sterilize farms and damage ports, officials say
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Sea levels are rising at the fastest rate in 3,000 years and will impact all locations along America’s coastlines, according to a report recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and d other government agencies.
“The United States is expected to experience as much sea level rise in 30 years as we have seen in the last century,” said NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad.
Over the next 30 years, experts expect sea levels to rise about 10 to 12 inches.
“[The rise] will create a large increase in the frequency of coastal flooding even in the absence of storms or heavy rains,” said Nicole LeBoeuf of NOAA.
The agency says rising sea water will impact all of America’s shores, causing sewer systems to overflow and water bubbles and flooding in streets.
Experts said the seawater would sterilize farms and severely damage US ports and military bases.
NOAA said the changes would hurt the economy. About 40% of Americans live within 60 miles of the coast, and many of the things Americans eat, use, and wear pass through these ports.
“By 2050, moderate floods – floods that generally damage property and commerce – are expected to occur 10 times more often than today.”
Spinrad says this report should be a wake-up call.
“It will happen no matter what we do,” he said.
Doing nothing, he added, will be even more catastrophic.
“If emissions continue at their current rate, it’s likely we’ll see at least two feet of sea level rise by the end of this century along the US coast,” Spinrad said.