America's First Climate Change Refugees

In March Louisiana state officials announced that everyone living on Isle de Jean Charles will have to leave because of the threat that this island will disappear under the sea in the next few years. Where there were 22,000 acres in 1955 there are only 320 acres today.  It seems that they are one hurricane away from obliteration. 

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Climate change is but one of many problems that the island faces. http://www.isledejeancharles.com/the-environment/

"There are many causes of this crisis: some natural, many more man-made. Natural causes include hurricanes, which erode marshes and introduce excess salt water into wetland systems, as well as subsidence, the gradual sinking of coastal land into the ocean. These forces are minor, however, in comparison to the massive changes that people have created. The main forms of man-made disturbance are the river-control structures such as dams and levees, and the dredging of canals for shipping and oil pipelines."

While people may be largely at fault either way, I think it's important to separate out the climate change claims, which most studies agree has had a minor effect on the island, an man-heralded destruction.

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Either way, are they basically saying oil is to blame?

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16 minutes ago, Rodent said:

While people may be largely at fault either way, I think it's important to separate out the climate change claims, which most studies agree has had a minor effect on the island, an man-heralded destruction.

I agree. But again this island is sinking because humans have built levees to constrain the river in the Great Misissippi Flood in 1927. And here comes the question what cause the flood, climate change, humans or something else? And again we are in vicious circle of proving whose fault is all of this. 

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Miami is also fearing the continued effects of rising sea levels. and its long -term future is uncertain. It is important to know what is causing all of this just to make some changes and to prevent these cities to vanish. 

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15 hours ago, BeamMeUp said:

Either way, are they basically saying oil is to blame?

Someone's bound to do just that.

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On 4/2/2018 at 12:43 PM, BlackTortoise said:

Miami is also fearing the continued effects of rising sea levels. and its long -term future is uncertain. It is important to know what is causing all of this just to make some changes and to prevent these cities to vanish. 

RIP MIAMI

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