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Prepare now for inevitable flooding

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers survey in 2017, the most pressing world issue for millennials is climate change. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement that “science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change.”

As a millennial myself, I agree with the sentiment that humans are responsible for climate change. However, as a scientist I feel that there are certain caveats to climate change that are not universally understood and that the goal for climate change should be different.

Climate change in itself is a natural process as the earth cools and warms to extreme temperatures. There have been five ice ages in the Earth’s lifetime. To say that humans are the leading cause is incorrect. Instead of being the cause, we are the main accelerating force behind climate change and we are approaching a dangerous speed.

As a result of this speed, simply reducing things such as the global carbon foot print and restoring the ozone layer is not enough. Sea-level rise due to climate change is expected to increase by approximately one meter by the year 2100 given current global conditions. If sea-level rises by only a meter, it would result in every major coastal city being under water.

Rather than worrying about the health of the atmosphere, plans need to be made for inevitable flooding that will take place in the coming future. Preparations for flooding should be the main focus of those concerned with the current state of the planet. We can fix the atmosphere after we ensure the integrity of our species.

Nicholas Kowalski

Greenville

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