Even more than Silicon Valley, Miami embodies the central technological myth of our time – that nature can not only be tamed but made irrelevant. Miami transformed from a mosquito-and-crocodile-filled swampland to a city that is unlike any other place on the planet, an edge-of-the-world, air-conditioned dreamland of sunshine and beaches and drugs and money. The city derives great energy from the sense that it will survive any floods and hurricanes nature throws at it, but that delusional defiance will also cause its demise, reports Jeff Goodell at the Rolling Stone. Sea levels are rising. It may be 2100 before the city is completely underwater, but life there will begin to dissolve much quicker, most likely within a few decades. Rising waters will destroy Miami slowly, by seeping into wiring, roads, building foundations and drinking-water supplies – and quickly, by increasing the destructive power of hurricanes. “Miami, as we know it today, is doomed,” says Harold Wanless, the chairman of the department of geological sciences at the University of Miami. “It’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when.” And London, Boston, New York and Shanghai are also vulnerable.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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