Rising Oceans Will Trump Candidate Tycoon’s Bombast
Donald Trump, who has called climate change “ridiculous” and “a big scam for a lot of people to make a lot of money,” might want to review his own real estate portfolio. Maps based on data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that several of the hotel magnate’s namesake properties may wind up underwater in the literal as well as financial sense.
BuzzFeed assembled several animated maps to show how hotel and resort properties in Florida bearing the candidate’s name (Trump does not own most of them, instead licencing his name for use by their owners) will fare under various rates of ocean rise predicted for the decades ahead. Some are at risk of being unusable with as little as three feet of ocean rise.
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“Although these buildings may remain just above sea level,” Aldhous writes, “access will likely be a problem by the end of the century, as much of the surrounding area disappears beneath the waves.”
Earlier this week, research reported in Nature Climate Change warned that if greenhouse gas emissions are not contained in the next few decades, ocean levels could rise as much as 25 metres over the next 2,000 years, and 50 metres over the next 10,000.