Miami 'Doomed,' Climate Change May Send City Underwater This Century


The city of Miami is doomed and will probably be completely under water by this century's end, according to scientists.

If you've ever wanted to visit the "Magic City," you might want to get on that. For Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell wrote a piece titled: “Goodbye, Miami: By century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin.” Now that's just straight-up apocalyptic.

Goodell, a writer who is best known for a focus on energy and the environment, said that he talked to a number of experts on Miami's "doomed" climate who said that the combination of rising sea levels, the increasing likelihood of severe storms, and the city's already fatal geology and topology, will indeed put the city at the bottom of the ocean sooner than we think.

"It's not a question of if. It's a question of when."

The worst part of Miami's crisis seems to be the ignorance of the city's officials. Goodell talked to a number of experts who shared persuasive evidence that the city was facing real danger in the next couple of decades, but they say that no one with any legislative power is taking the threat seriously.

“There is no serious thinking, no serious planning, about any of this going on at the state level,” said Chuck Watson, a disaster-­impact analyst. “The view is, ‘Well, if it gets real bad, the federal government will bail us out.’ It is beyond denial; it is flat-out delusional.”

What's more, it's probably too late to do anything but move out of Miami or build a boat. Per Goodell: "Even if we cut carbon pollution overnight, it won’t save us. Ohio State glaciologist Jason Box has said he believes we already have 70 feet of sea-level rise baked into the system."

Will you visit Miami before it's "doomed" by climate change?

[Image via: Marc Averette]