Connecticut is a beautiful region of the United States, abundant in history, nature, and culture. The state is also a hub for education and business, with close relationships with Boston and New York City industries.
As a coastal state, Connecticut faces high risks from rising sea levels. One of the most pressing causes of the rising sea level is the Thwaites Glacier, a massive glacial structure in the Antarctic that is rapidly losing mass.
The melting of Thwaites Glacier and other major ice structures will result in a higher sea level, leading to significant flooding in coastal areas. If Earth’s ice cap melts, Connecticut will look remarkably different than it does today.
For everyone living in the Constitution State, life will drastically change. You can expect destroyed property, climate refugees, a slower economy, and constant floodings.
The rising sea level and flooding threats
If all the ice on Earth melts, seawater will submerge large sections of Connecticut’s coastline. Experts believe that there is around a 67% risk that by 2050 Connecticut will experience at least one flooding event with six-foot water levels.
Should the ice cap melt, urban areas like Bridgeport, Stamford, and New Haven will all have neighborhoods entirely underwater. For instance, the average sea level in Bridgeport is forecasted to be at six feet by 2200 if pollution continues at its current rate.
Connecticut will change in our lifetime
Connecticut will not be as affected by rising sea levels during our lifetimes as other regions, such as Florida. However, Connecticut still has a large coastal population that increased sea levels will impact during the next 50 years.
As the planet’s sea level rises in the coming decades, coastal storms will become more severe, and flooding will be a pressing concern for many Connecticut communities.
Are you worried about the melting glaciers and rising sea level?
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