Recently I have started to listen to the audiobook version of the brand new novel of one of my favorite sci-fi writers, Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140 on Audible (which, I mean the Audible audiobook streaming service, I can highly recommend, as it makes the time of the daily commute much better spent, and even though it looks like quite expensive at first, it is actually not really).
The novel is, well, about New York, and the time of the story is in the year 2140. By this time, according to the novel, the city will have half-sunk in the Atlantic Ocean due to the rising sea level as a consequence of global warming. This is a very interesting story, but being fiction, and the time being such far in the future, I hadn’t thought through what this rising sea level phenomenon could possibly mean in our lifetime.
Until yesterday. Then I read this article about the impact of the rising sea level on the real estate market of Florida. Around Miami, the sea level has risen roughly 10 cms since 25 years ago, and by 2060, it is predicted that it will raise up to 1 meter.
So if you wonder if Elon Musk is right about climate change or Donald Trump, consider this: The consequences are real and they have already started to happen.