The Sun-Sentinel frets:
Amid the fireworks, noisy parties and general atmosphere of revelry, something ominous arrived in South Florida on the Fourth of July. A Rolling Stone article published that day predicts an apocalyptic future for our region.
Imagining a Category Five hurricane striking Miami in 2030, it foresees a 24-foot storm surge, hundreds of people dead, buildings swept away, and large swaths of coastal highways swallowed by the ocean.
Then comes the aftermath: drinking water poisoned, fears of cholera and other widespread public health hazards throughout the region, tourism and investment gone, bulldozed homes not replaced because both insurance and mortgages are almost impossible to obtain. No one wants to insure or hold 30-year mortgages on properties that may disappear in 20 years.
All this devastation would be possible because sea levels, which rose 8-9 inches last century, will have risen substantially more by 2030. Officials project a rise of at least another foot by 2040 and 2 feet by 2060. Projections for the end of the 21st century range from 6 feet to 16 feet.