The Five Scariest Climate-Change Studies Affecting Miami

The Five Scariest Climate-Change Studies Affecting Miami
It's becoming increasingly obvious that federal officials won't begin treating climate change like a real problem until a whole lot of people die or lose their homes. Donald Trump is trying to cripple the Environmental Protection Agency, and his latest budget asks Congress to strip funding from every single federal agency studying global warming. Before Trump, even Barack Obama's administration wasn't pulling its weight when it came to cutting carbon emissions.

So it's likely Americans won't move on climate change until people really get hurt. And science indicates Miami will be first on the chopping block. Despite what junk-science peddlers claim, a massive bulk of data shows how demonstrably screwed the Magic City will be if the oceans rise even a few inches.

In honor of last month's Science March, here's a recap of the most striking recent studies into how climate change will affect the 305.

1. Rising seas could turn 2.5 million Miamians into refugees — the most in the nation.
2. Climate change could create "superstorms" that could level the city.

3. The city's bridges and causeways are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels, which means Miami Beach residents could get trapped on the island.
4. In the best-case scenarios, the city would likely begin to resemble the Florida Keys.
5. Oh, and the city would also become inhospitably hot and humid even if you can find a dry spot to stand.
KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jerry Iannelli is a former staff writer for Miami New Times from 2015 to March 2020. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.