Such a climate catastrophe would surely imply unprecedented human suffering, mass-death, and a precipitous decline in global human population.Michio Kaku may indeed be being too limited when he asserts that such changes would amount to a death sentence for “some proportion of humanity.” An imagined future-scenario he describes has India’s military employ nuclear weapons against dispossessed Bangladeshis who flood into the country: that’s a possibility that can not be discounted.
Whatever the value of Michio Kaku review of scientific findings regarding potential future sea-level rise and the climate crisis writ large, it must be said that the consideration of horror which drives The Flooded Earth in no way leads Michio Kakuto propose reasonable or worthwhile solutions for the climate predicament. He argues that there are “no conceivable political means” by which the global South can avoid producing energy through coal in the near term, and he extends the disastrous patterns of Western capitalism into the imagined future by asserting that private-automobile use will necessarily increase astronomically among Southerners in the coming decades.
Floods aren't a new problem, of course. Even the first human fishing camps likely suffered when rivers flooded. But the stakes grew higher as populations swelled, and when early farmers found rich soil along river banks — leading to permanent settlements in floodplains — the stage was set for future disasters. Man-made dams have since reduced death tolls from floods, but economic losses continue to surge as cities expand near water.
Global warming is expected to worsen this trend, since warmer temperatures make more water evaporate, pumping more moisture into the atmosphere. Still, individual floods can't be directly tied to climate change.
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What parts of the globe are at particular risk of disappearing?
Of the big nations, Bangladesh and Holland stand out as the two most threatened. The one that should scare humans the most is Bangladesh, because they’re currently the size of Illinois and they have over 120 million people, but they’ll probably be double that population by the end of the century. So you have over 200 million people, in a country that’s going to lose a third of its land. And where are they going to go? I just can’t imagine a scenario where there aren’t going to be military clashes.
Some cities, like Venice, are going to have to be abandoned because it will become too costly to keep them dry. What about American cities?
Some of the very low-lying cities in the San Francisco Bay aren’t savable. San Francisco’s got high ground, but a lot of Oakland is really low ground and the entire San Jose region is hugely threatened. You can kiss Miami and Galveston goodbye, and those low-lying areas around Houston. All the Gulf cities. New Orleans, of course, is among the most endangered. I think by 2200 each of those will be in the throes of being abandoned, if not already abandoned.
Some countries are going to be in a better position economically and environmentally, post-sea level rise. Like who?
Canada and Russia. Those are the two big ones. Canadians are going to be in such a sweet position, because along the west coast, they’ve got the Coast Mountains. Vancouver itself is going to have to field dark times, but they can move up the Frasier River Valley a long way. One of the real interesting things is whether rising sea level is going to cause some massive inflow into the Great Lakes, but I think Canada will be able to engineer its way out of that. The grain belt should bloom. Canada is going to have longer growing seasons, warmer temperatures.
What kind of infrastructure problems can we expect as a result of sea level rise?
I was down with friends in the Florida Keys, and we were looking at these million-dollar houses, which already have the ocean lapping up against them. Pretty soon these properties are going to be a hot potato. The storm surge is going to start getting at them. And then people are going to sell them to the next sucker and the next. Then there’s going to be one last person holding that piece of property, which can no longer be sold.
In Washington state, the railroads were built along the shoreline, and while a 3-foot sea level rise won’t touch them, the storm surge will. Many, many cities decided to build their airports over the water: San Francisco, Sydney, Honolulu, multiple cities in Japan and China. How much does it cost to replace a whole airport? It costs tens of billions, and yet every coastal city needs to do just that, not to mention the freeways and the railroads.
The forecasts for future sea level rise seem to be getting worse and worse. Why is that?
Scientific predictions based on a model always have a huge error range, but because of the politicization of all global warming, whenever scientists get a range of values, they’ll go conservative. No one wants to be branded as some sort of flaming political agenda-ist. These estimates aren’t going down, because the amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere keeps going up. And in fact we keep shooting over the worst level projections that people were saying two or three years ago. And here’s what has everybody worried: We just went through one of the greatest economic downturns, the great recession, in which the U.S., one of the leading polluters, shut down factories, people went out of work, a whole Western economy’s shut down, and yet, we did not see a downturn in the amount of greenhouse emissions.
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