If the worst climate change predictions come true, hundreds of coastal US towns and cities — from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Galveston, Texas — could disappear under water by 2100.
The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Agency released a report in January that hinted at the possibility of an “extreme” sea-level rise scenario that could cause chronic flooding to affect as many as 670 coastal communities. That scenario is considered unlikely, but possible.
Research group Climate Central took the projections laid out in NOAA’s report and created a plug-in for Google Earth that shows how catastrophic the damage would be if the flooding happened today. You can install it (directions here) and see anywhere in the US.
Here are seven US towns and cities that could go underwater in your children’s lifetime.
The Taj Mahal casino -- built by President Donald Trump for $1.2 billion in 1990 -- overlooks the boardwalk and beaches. It sold earlier this year for four cents on the dollar.
There are plans to reopen the Taj Mahal in 2018, though polar melting, carbon emissions, and ice-sheet collapses could cause flooding to destroy the tower within the century.
After flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina destroyed 80% of homes in the New Orleans area, tens of thousands of people sought refuge at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Moody Gardens and its iconic pyramidal structures have long been a Galveston Island fixture. The aquarium and nature park welcome two million visitors per year.
Climate Central's plug-in for Google Earth shows a sea-level rise of 10 to 12 feet, which would cause the Atlantic Ocean to wash over Miami and the Miami River to overflow.
In Miami-Dade County, 1.6 million square feet of office space and 1.8 million square feet of retail space was under construction in the second quarter of 2016, the BBC reported.
Charleston, South Carolina, already has a flooding problem. The Southern city is flat and at low elevation, which makes it vulnerable to extreme flooding and storm surges.
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