Intro: We are living in a modern day Atlantis. As we continue to pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases our oceans creep closer to swallowing our cities. Most of the world’s population lives along water. These people are mostly in mega cities that have untold amounts of money in infrastructure that can’t be moved. Our actions will catch up to us and bring the issue of environmental protection to our doorsteps. Literally. To understand how devastating of an impact the sea will have on our shoreline we must discuss the rate and total height the sea will rise, how many people it will affect, and how much it will all cost to fix.
Paragraph 1 will discuss the current situation of sea level rise and give a real life example of how people are affected by the rising ocean. This will set a base work for my further exploration into the topic
Pragraph 2 will be focused on the cities along the US coastline and figure out how many citizens live along the coast and would be affected by the water. I could also explore breaking this up demographically to get a better insight into the water rise.
Paragraph 3 will figure out how much the US can expect to spend throughout the next 100 years or so by relocating people, fixing infrastructure, and creating new housing.
Outro: The reality is that the sea is rising and by studying the rise of the sea level, how many people will be affected, and how much it will cost we can see that we need to take drastic measures to fix our planet. This environmental threat is more dangerous than any terror attack. We know it’s coming and we won’t be able to stop it. The scariest part is that we have created this reality and we must now face the consequences.
Source 1: Gizmodo March 16, 2016. This article gives an example of a government project to relocate 100 indians from an island that is slipping beneath the gulf of Mexico. It’s costing them 48 million to move. To relocate even a major city is going to cost billions. Much more than investments into stopping global warming before we have to consider drastic changes like this.
Source 2: National Geographic This article provides accurate scientific calculations about how much the sea level has risen and how much it will rise in the next 100 years. This provides a solid footing to base my argument and research on.
Source 3: The Washington Post August 2013. This article highlights the biggest impacts to the cities and covers how much the cost will be to fix this problem.
Connections: Source two will be used to show that, yes, this is happening and what we can expect from the future. Source one will show how this is already happening and give us insight into the future. Source three will tell us how we can expect to handle this with our large metropolitan cities.