Something to watch: Lands that will flood in our lifetime

Just a short one for today, but this loops back around to our relatively recent fork-in-the-road post. There’s also a little Easter Egg in there at around 12:50 for people still talking about building a relief road around Newport in the age of remote work.

You can spend as much money as you like on building roads, but the money would probably be better spent on a really big wall instead. There’s not much point building a bypass for a city that may not be there for much longer.

It’s rather sobering to hear the list of places that are going to disappear entirely –a number of states in the USA, including all of Florida, much of Louisiana, and anything east of the Appalachians. There’s also Bangladesh; the Nile delta; massive sections of China; and countless others. We’ve already talked about how rising sea levels are going to radically alter our geography. We might see a coastal Pontypridd, a distinctly Venetian Pontcanna and we may want to put a marina near City Hall in the next 20-30 years.

Millions of people are going to be looking for new homes very soon, so it is maddening to hear people trying to carry on as before. However, with the US rejoining the Paris climate accord, perhaps there’s some hope?

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