like most things I predict years in advance, no one thought it possible . . . another crazy Unicorn "vision" that couldn't possibly happen
well, just twelve years later and here we are . . . in 50 years this could be Miami, or New Orleans, certainly Key West, perhaps all of Hawaii . . . saying certain coastal areas are at risk of literally becoming uninhabitable in 50-75 years (or less) may have seemed pretty "out there" twelve years ago, but it is no longer unimaginable . . . this is a MAJOR city -- 10 Million PEOPLE (this is NYC and Philadelphia COMBINED; the city not the metro are)
equivalent to Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston (the #2, 3, and 4 largest cities in the United States) COMBINED -- bigger than Mexico City, bigger than London
and Jakarta's Metro Area is over 30 MILLION PEOPLE -- this makes it the 3rd largest metro area in the world; only Tokyo and Shanghai are bigger
the likelihood of Miami skyscrapers being underwater by 2060, of course, is very unlikely . . . but the idea that coastal property will see water levels rise enough to make them unusable, first floors giant pools of sea water . . . or highways along the coast lines washed away is not all that far-fetched
how many people here in Jakarta may be displaced, how many architectural and cultural treasures at risk, how much money and personal fortunes simply GONE
and as fresh water supplies become stretched further -- take a peak at the Gulf of Mexico as an example of what could happen "to the water"
then the structural issues of sucking up groundwater and literally eroding the ground upon which many buildings are built is likely to also be a greater risk to the safety of coastal cities 50 years down the road, as well
children in Kindergarten today will likely live to see major American cities facing huge logistical problems due to rising sea levels within their lifetimes -- I am 64 and it is possible other major cities around the world, including the United Sates, face the same fate as Jakarta within MY lifetime
this is not a unique case, nor is it Science Fiction -- I have been saying it for quite a while but this is not a "think positive and create the future" viewpoint so no one wants to even imagine it
however, whether you want to imagine it or not or want to happy thought your world forward, ignoring what doesn't fit your "world view"
none of that matters . . . there may be solutions that arise and there may be a giant suction cup from the Planet Unizard that soaks up the excess glacier run-off . . . who knows
but the idea that cities like Jakarta -- home to, literally, 30 Million people, might go underwater is not some crazy climate change nightmare
. . . this is the #future