A recent study shows that there is a high possibility for the city of New York to face massive floods more often. The research points out that extreme phenomena could occur every two decades. They estimate that the impact of these future storms will be similar to that of Hurricane Sandy.
The warning of massive floods goes for the so-called Tri-state area, including parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The researchers in charged of the study explain that the findings are concerning. The possibility of storms like Hurricane Sandy should be small, as the phenomenon occurs every four hundred years. However, the recent study points out that they will be more likely to take place every twenty years from now on.
Hurricane Sandy left a painful memory for the residents of the United State. Four years ago, more than one hundred people died because of the massive storm. Houses and facilities were destroyed, and there were damages of $50 billion. According to the new study from specialists, the New York residents might go through five more similar experiences within the next century.
In addition to this, scientists also warn that the rate of the phenomenon is up to seventeen times higher.
The study is based on a simulated model of how climate conditions will develop in the years to come. What the scientists observed during the study was that sea levels were a major influence for the massive floods. The fact that the sea levels are on the rise is quite alarming too.
In other words, the massive floods which will affect New York residents are due to climate change. Global temperatures are rising, which causes ice and snow at the Poles to melt. The oceans’ temperature is also increasing, and so are the water levels. Warm oceans are also the fuel source of aggressive hurricanes. It is a cause-effect situation which environmentalists and scientists need to solve.
World leaders and organizations are highly concerned about the broad range of problems brought by climate change. The new study showing the high possibility of massive floods amounts to the list of damaging effects of global warming.
The researchers who conducted the study are aware of the importance of their findings. They encourage the decision of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They also hope that specialists will come up with more and more solutions to stop global temperatures from rising.
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