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Old 10-14-2016, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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There are a handful of places in this country that are currently suffering or projected to suffer through dire climate change consequences in the coming decades, or environmental issues that make these places potentially less livable in the future. Which metropolitan areas do you think are at risk in this regard?

Here are the ones that I think are most at risk:

Miami - rapidly rising sea level

Phoenix - getting way too hot and way too dry; lack of water supply for the future

Las Vegas - too hot and too dry; lack of water supply for the future

Los Angeles - severe water drought to last for decades to come

San Diego - severe water drought to last for decades to come

Riverside - severe water drought to last for decades to come

Tucson - severe water drought to last for decades to come
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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Austin TX and cali with the droughts.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:37 AM
 
Location: The City of Brotherly Love
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If sea levels rise high enough, then the New York City and Boston metros will both have flooding issues to contend with.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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I think the most dire currently is probably the Desert Southwest with water shortages looming, drought conditions and rising temperatures.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Los Angeles - severe water drought to last for decades to come

San Diego - severe water drought to last for decades to come

Riverside - severe water drought to last for decades to come
Desalination could easily mitigate any long term drought conditions in these places.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Platte Purchase
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Los Angeles and other coastal California cities will probably be okay even if this drought continues as they have desalination as a last resort. Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson could probably even make deals with Mexico to desalinate water from the Gulf of California.


Miami is in big trouble, the highest point in the whole city is 23 feet (7 metres) above sea level.


New Orleans is in bigger trouble, 49% of the city is below sea level and most of the rest is just barely above.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:17 AM
 
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These 11 Cities May Completely Run Out Of Water Sooner Than You Think | Huffington Post
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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I don't see how New Orleans isn't near the top.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Desalination could easily mitigate any long term drought conditions in these places.
It isn't financially feasible yet to do so on a massive scale. That would be the invention of a lifetime if/when somebody cracks that code!
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It isn't financially feasible yet to do so on a massive scale. That would be the invention of a lifetime if/when somebody cracks that code!
Well I didn't say it was cheap. If cheaper sources of water run out there really won't be a choice. San Diego already has some, if not the, highest water rates in the country and a recently opened desalination plant added less than $10 to the average monthly bill I believe, so it's becoming more financially feasible.
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