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These Cities May Be At Risk Of Drowning Due To Global Warming, According To NASA
While the effects of melting glaciers on Earth’s sea levels have been widely cited, NASA concluded Wednesday that areas around the globe will all be affected differently due to varying climates and conditions.
If all of Earth’s glaciers melted, sea levels will reportedly rise around 70 meters, but coastal cities may be in deeper waters, according to the NASA research.
Eric Larour, Erik Ivins and Surendra Adhikari of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory created a tool which compared nearly 300 coastal cities around the globe and concluded how the effects of certain glaciers will affect surrounding sea levels. The primary glaciers on NASA’s radar are located near Greenland and Antartica -which hold the majority of Earth’s freshwater.
NASA included cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London and Hong Kong within their research and each city showed various effects by different glaciers at different levels.
The glaciers studied were Petermann Glacier, Helheim Glacier, North-East Greenland Ice Stream and Jakobshavn Glacier.
New York, for example, will experience more change as a result of the North-East Greenland Ice Stream than any of the other glaciers studied. A 2.83-inch difference in sea level surrounding New York could occur over the 200-year period, the study found. The city likely to be most affected by rising sea levels was Rio de Janeiro with an expected 5.1-inch increase…
The case for linking disaster response to community resilience
When Hurricane Matthew hit the North Carolina coast in late 2016, over 19,000 small businesses were damaged. Many of these businesses were still struggling to recover from the 2007 recession, and in the wake of the storm were at risk of closing altogether. Although relief flooded in through the federal government and other programs, the area’s businesses and broader economy remains in need of additional support.
Unfortunately, the outsize impact of disasters on small businesses is the pattern, not the exception. In the wake of 2017 storms Harvey, Irma and Maria, small and medium enterprises across the affected regions are again facing a long, challenging road to reopening.
However, there is an opportunity for the private sector to lead the way in increasing small-business and community resilience during and after disaster events. With companies from Walmart to DHL stating their commitment to the welfare of the communities they serve, disaster response strategies offer an opportunity for companies to fulfill this commitment.
Given the trends of globalization, no company exists in a vacuum. Distant natural disasters can directly impact supply chains, customers and employees. This makes a compelling case for businesses and corporations to respond to disasters. Even if your company…