Rising seas threaten to drown New York's airports by 2100

(Reuters, 5 Feb 2020) A rise of one meter in sea levels would swamp an estimated 80 airports around the world by 2100, researchers found

By Matthew Lavietes

NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of the world's busiest airports, including New York's, could be underwater by the end of the century if unchecked global warming pushes up sea levels, researchers said Wednesday.

An analysis by the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) found that with 1 meter (3.3 ft) of sea-level rise, an estimated 80 airports globally would be swamped by 2100.

"If you step outside and throw a dart blindfolded, almost anything will be impacted by climate change, including airports," said Noah Maghsadi, one of the authors.

A 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that sea levels could rise by about 60-110 cm if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase strongly.

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Reuters, 5 Feb 2020: Rising seas threaten to drown New York's airports by 2100