Newspapers always tell us we are ahead of the curve on “Climate Change”, but the “Ocean Rise” proves that high tides and floods are already worsening in California.

Climate experts say that this month’s damage and deaths highlight, that even a state known as a global leader in fighting climate change, has yet to tackle some of the hardest work of dealing with it.

The critical steps ahead include starting to decide which low-lying cities, airports and highways, to hoist above the rising water and which to abandon. Regional efforts to identify and prioritize communities and infrastructure @ risk from rising sea level, have to be stepped up in a hurry to avoid billions of dollars losses.

In a 2009 study by the Pacific Institute, estimated $100 billion in property was @ risk from ocean rise in California. Two-thirds of this property lies in the San Francisco Bay region. That is far more than the state’s income taxes per year! San Francisco Airport is doomed to take the plunge before 2030.

As the Californian climate-change efforts are ahead of the curve, we must feel sorry for the rest of the world. Experts say the real costs of raising shielding or evacuating vulnerable spots, which includes mass-transit systems, power plants and sewage plants, could be far higher.

Coastal communities around the globe and the tourist industry will be hit the hardest in the upcoming years. New calculations describe that before the end of the century, ocean waters will rise for at least 3 feet or 1 meter. However exponential logarithms could prove otherwise, as scientists have to reset their predictions every year at the moment!

Up to 2050, short-term events are going to be more damaging than sea level rise itself. In January this year, a series of powerful storms brought more than a foot of rain to parts of the San Francisco Bay. Food scarcity will be one of the direct results of the upcoming events. People wake up!

These storms triggered 34-foot waves off the state’s central coast, and prompted the evacuations of thousands around the state, leading to deaths and destruction. Millions of people could reach work.

California declared a state of emergency, because of flooded towns and highways, crumbled roads and rock-slides. People and the state must vow to fight the use of fossil fuel and form landmark programs to reduce climate changing carbon emissions, to deal with sea rise and other climate change problems.

But authorities are blocked by financial and political difficulties of raising billions to elevate highways and communities before it goes underwater. However the biggest challenge is how to fund and build it before the infrastructure disappears and submerges under water.

AP / Crickey Conservation Society.

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