Rolling Stone Predicts Miami Will Be Underwater by 2030

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"The unavoidable truth is that sea levels are rising and Miami is on its way to becoming an American Atlantis."

It's a prediction we've heard before. As recently as April, we saw GIFs depicting the effect of rising sea levels on South Beach. But this one comes from Rolling Stone writer Jeff Goodell, and many of the experts quoted in his eight-page story titled "Goodbye, Miami," who believe it'll happen sooner than you think. Say, by about 2030.

Goodell envisions the Miami of 2030 in a state of hurricane emergency worse than post-Katrina New Orleans. Eight hundred Miamians will have been swept out to sea and killed; flood waters will hover at waist level from Star Island to Fort Lauderdale Beach; underground wiring will rust out and fail, leaving electric power unable to be restored for months.

And all because Florida can't get its shit together and have an honest discussion about climate change.

Miami is one of dozens of cities and even entire nations around the world that stand to lose the most from rising sea levels. But Goodell argues that "South Florida is uniquely screwed" due to a combination of factors: the giant number of people who live directly along the coast, the area's flat topography, held up by porous (aka water-friendly) limestone; and most frustratingly, if not most importantly, politicians who turn a blind eye.

And there's one more scary vulnerability that cities like New York don't share: the rest of the nation doesn't really care about Miami all that much. "Congress will balk at rebuilding Miami after every big storm," one interviewee tells Rolling Stone. "It will be easy for the rest of the nation to just let South Florida go."

Given the U.S.'s long history of hating on Miami Heat fans, it's hard to argue that point.

Read the article at rollingstone.com.

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Anduha
Anduha

I heard this back in 1985, they said it would happen by 2000 back then. What a hoax this is, and what an uninformed lemming the author is. Are we to believe that Florida can locally control the level of the seas? I thought global warming was a global issue. Hard to keep your lies and ridiculous science straight?

Valberta Guthrie
Valberta Guthrie

Did I read right? Rolling Stones? Uhhhh...ok...since when are they in the environmental area lol!

internetinternet
internetinternet

Once the tourist areas flood the county is bankrupt.  Not sure who will pay all the pension obligations, but property taxes will have to increase.  County has billions bond obligations that don't include sea level rise projects. 

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

I am always amazed at those who still don't believe global warming is real. Then again these are armchair pundits that spend their life on Facebook! Even a 3rd grader now knows that because the earth's temperatures increase each year, the ice shelves are melting, thus increasing sea levels and making this a very likely scenario. But wait, who am I talking to....

305Mark
305Mark

A load of EcoSocialist crap.  Same old agenda rewarmed, manmade global warming is a proven hoax based on manipulated data.  

305carolann
305carolann

I fucking hate Miami Heat fans but I don't want them to drown... Anyways, Miamians will perservere...we always do.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

These findings have been corroborated by SPIN and MAXIM, so you know it's true! ;D

Saul David Ferrerosa
Saul David Ferrerosa

I think we need to raise awareness by talking to our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc... The more informed we are, the better plan of action ensues.

Moebius Machiavelli
Moebius Machiavelli

We built in places that were underwater by building levees everywhere... We should expect to see this undone at some point.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

And California was predicted to have earthquakes so intense that it would literally breakaway from the U.S. by 2000. Next!

MattRMia
MattRMia

Rolling Stone??? Maybe they should stick to writing about music...

Jeannette Rodriguez
Jeannette Rodriguez

If you've ever lived on the beach, you know that this is very likely. Plus, more (weather) credible sources have been predicting it for yearssssss. I don't doubt it one bit. But its pretty despicable for them to say that Congress doesn't care about South Florida and that they'll be happy to see us go...they love us!! They looooove that we don't know how to vote, are you kidding me...they'll be down here in a jiffy trying to save us!

Jay Lee Mendez
Jay Lee Mendez

HAHA.. YEAH RIGHT. NOT 1 PERSON WILL BE SWEPT AWAY... WE MIAMIans Will JUST ALL FILL into THE EMPTY 40 STORY FORECLOSED CONDOS. ROLLING STONES Yu Soh Fanny.

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

You really have to be a pathetic a$$hole to wish this kind of devastation upon anyone.

Pimlada Kongkham
Pimlada Kongkham

That will never happen! Technology will be so advance by then.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

i don't believe it. i believe we won't have much sunlight by 2030 with all the chemical spraying going on all over the world, but i don't think Miami will be underwater.. We will be a sick planet with no sunshine.

Priscilla Blossom
Priscilla Blossom

Rolling Stone isn't the first to predict sea levels rapidly rising.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

I did not know that Rolling Stone was part of the Psychic Friends Network....cool!

Jamie Firestone
Jamie Firestone

Since when is Rolling Stone in the prediction business?

Asüka Bazüka
Asüka Bazüka

If Fischer could build islands in the bay a 100 years ago, I'm sure modern day engineers and keep us above water..... Ugh..... Fear always makes such good headlines.

David Castaneda
David Castaneda

How can people like this? You must not live in Miami...

Anduha
Anduha

They were saying in 1985 that the east coast would be flooded by 2000. I actually have science degrees, how about you chicken little?

Anduha
Anduha

Al Gore will appreciate the new leather seats on his jet that your money will buy. They said 30 years ago Miami would be underwater by 2000. I guess we will have wait until 2030 for this foolishness to be broken. However the global warming opportunists will have already swindled your money. 

CondoDiver
CondoDiver

@Moebius Machiavelli  

Dude! That's Miami OHIO you idiot. 

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