Sea Level Rise and the Impact on New York City (Eric Persaud-CCNY)

This post was written by a student in Lynn Reid’s Writing for the Sciences class at the City College of New York. After researching a scientifically debatable topic and writing about it for an audience of academic peers, this assignment asks students to present a multi-modal argument of the same topic to a popular audience.

Sea level rise, from global thermal expansion, is impacting the city of New York, and New Yorkers need to prepare for the damages. At first, the changes in climate will change the weather and bring storm surges to NYC, including hurricanes, tsunami’s, and flooding. In this process, homes, buildings, businesses, and airports can be destroyed. In such a highly dense populated city the death and injury count can be extreme. With businesses and lives lost, the economy of the city will decrease dramatically, possibly forcing people to migrate from one of the most influential cities in the world.  Therefore if the only major issue  for preparing against the impacts of sea level rise is money, then looking at the end result of New York City possibly going through a depression and bankruptcy, shows that if choosen not to take action more money will be lost. The price to insure our safety shouldnt be weighted by how much it costs, especially when the end result would lead to a city depression.

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