Under the sea… under the sea…

You should probably hope that life is better down where it’s wetter, because chances are increasing that Sebastian the crab will be rocking it out in your living room in the near future.

Yeah… sorry, I have toddlers. Try hearing the same song 1,000 times a day and not have it creep into your life.

Rising seas and increasingly severe weather are expected to increase the areas of the United States at risk of floods by up to 45 percent by 2100, according to a first-of-its-kind report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday. These changes could double the number of flood-prone properties covered by the National Flood Insurance Program and drastically increase the costs of floods, the report finds.

The report concludes that climate change is likely to expand vastly the size and costs of the 45-year-old government flood insurance program. Like previous government reports, it anticipates that sea levels will rise an average of four feet by the end of the century. But this is what’s new: The portion of the US at risk for flooding, including coastal regions and areas along rivers, will grow between 40 and 45 percent by the end of the century. That shift will hammer the flood insurance program. Premiums paid into the program totaled $3.2 billion in 2009, but that figure could grow to $5.4 billion by 2040 and up to $11.2 billion by the year 2100, the report found. The 257-page study has been in the works for nearly five years and was finally released by FEMA after multiple inquiries from Climate Desk and Mother Jones.

As of 2013, the NFIP insures 5.6 million properties. But by the end of 2100, that number could grow to as many as 11.2 million.

Now, you might see that and think that this is starting to get serious and maybe we ought to do something about it now, because really, what is the worst that could happen if we start to invest heavily in renewable energies? Air will be too clean? Coal and Oil company executives might have to switch over to new technologies?

Yeah, I’d probably just invest in a good snorkel and swim fins now.


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