Will climate change be a factor in where people choose to live one day? Signs point to a big possibility of ‘yes,’ given the reality of rising sea levels and predictions for the decades ahead.
Haven’t you heard?
Global warming, aka climate change, is affecting everyone worldwide, whether or not its any drier or warmer in your neck of the woods. In fact, its often not just about temperature or precipitation. Climate change also results in air pressure fluctuations that can lead to hurricanes and tornadoes.
How will climate change be a factor in where people choose to live? The houses we build may be on stilts to avoid heavy rainfall, and most definitely further away from existing shorelines. But beyond the impact on the terrain, we have to consider how to sustainably grow crops. With limited water, fertile soil and related issues, genetically modified seeds may be the reality that we are trying to avoid.
In the short term, we are talking about the possibility of temperatures at least 13 degrees F higher than currently in regions like California, Texas and Arizona. Drinking water shortages are also expected, while electricity costs soar as people try to stay cool during hot summer months.
On the other hand, some areas that otherwise may not be considered “climate-friendly,” like Michigan and New Jersey are becoming greener and more lush. Perhaps more favorable places to live as a result of climate change? One place that many more may be avoiding will by New York City. With rising sea levels, experts expect a …. shall we say… “sea change” by mid-2000s – operations moving to Newark or Passaic.
How do you think climate change will affect where people will choose to live?
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