New Orleans Under Water by 2100, Study Says

June 30, 2009

Louisiana (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that by the year 2100 global warming will have caused a great portion of the coastal line of Louisiana, including New Orleans, to be almost completely submerged in water.  It’s now estimated that between 10,000 and 13,500 square kilometers of coastal lands will be under water due to rising sea levels and subsidence by 2100, a far greater loss than previous estimates.

The study has caused the usual debate about the future of the region as well as how to protect it from natural disasters, to resurface.

In addition to the rising sea level which will flood the area, increasing hurricane activity is likely to begin before that date, creating more dangers for the region, which was already devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

“When you look at the numbers you come to the conclusion that the resources are just not there to restore all the coast, and that is one of the major points of this paper,” Professor Harry Roberts, who penned the study with Professor Michael Blum, was quoted by The Guardian.

Blum even goes so far as to suggest that certain parts of the land will have to be sacrificed.

“For managers and people who are squarely in the restoration business, this is going to force them to make some very hard decisions about which areas to save and which areas you can’t save.”

The study has been published in the scientific journal, Nature Geoscience.


Comments

One Response to “New Orleans Under Water by 2100, Study Says”

  1. ace on July 1st, 2009 1:01 am

    I think New Orleans and California could be underwater a lot sooner with all the wacky weather that is popping up all over the world.

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