South Florida Faces Ominous Prospects From Rising Waters

Nick Madigan, reporting for the New York Times:

In the most dire predictions, South Florida’s delicate barrier islands, coastal communities and captivating subtropical beaches will be lost to the rising waters in as few as 100 years.

Further inland, the Everglades, the river of grass that gives the region its fresh water, could one day be useless, some scientists fear, contaminated by the inexorable advance of the salt-filled ocean. The Florida Keys, the pearl-like strand of islands that stretches into the Gulf of Mexico, would be mostly submerged alongside their exotic crown jewel, Key West.

I flew over much of Florida a week or so ago on the way to a conference. It had been a number of years since I had been there, and I had forgotten how omnipresent water is in the state, especially in the southern part. It literally surfaces all over the place, and as our plane passed over the Everglades and Miami, I was asking myself the same question raised in this article—how long does Florida have?

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