The effects of climate change are already becoming painfully prevalent in cities like Norfolk, Va., where a sinking shoreline and sea-level rise have resulted in regular flooding.
Sea-level rise is only one of the many potentially alarming consequences of climate change. In his new book, “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth,” author Mark Hertsgaard suggests a future that includes massive flooding to severe draught. In a satellite interview with Alison Stewart, Hertsgaard discusses scientific illiteracy in America, the media’s responsibility in reporting the realities of climate change, and what other effects of climate change cities in the U.S. can expect to deal with in the coming years.
“What we’re seeing now in Norfolk is actually going to be replicated in various ways all across this country over the years to come,” Hertsgaard says. “We’re now locked into a minimum of 3 feet of sea level rise around the United States in this century, perhaps twice that. A mere 3 feet of sea level rise would put much of lower Manhattan Island in New York City underwater … Here in San Francisco where I live, 3 feet of sea level rise will put both of our major airports underwater.”