Environment

Reports warns New York could be flooded by 2030

A new study, commissioned by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has warned that the city risks being largely flooded by the year 2030 thanks to rising sea levels and the worsening impact of climate change.

The report warns that by the mid-2020s, the sea level around Manhattan and Long Island could have risen by up to 10 inches, increasing by 2.5ft before 2050. Such a scenario would leave many low-lying areas of New York flooded, including tunnels and subway areas.

Another problem is that many state facilities – including power stations, sewage plants and prisons – are at sea level, and would therefore need reinforced walls to ensure that they did not become entirely submerged.

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