The cost of protecting U.S. cities vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise will jump to $42 billion by 2040, The New York Times said in an article published Wednesday.
That’s for all cities with populations greater than 25,000 — expanding the list to smaller cities would hike the cost to $400 billion, the newspaper said, citing studies by the Center for Climate Integrity.
Climate change will cost Florida more than any other state, the Tampa Bay Times said in a followup article. “It’s not even close.”
Richard Wiles, the organization’s executive director, told The New York Times: “Once you get into it, you realize we’re just not going to protect a lot of these places. This is the next wave of climate denial — denying the costs that we’re all facing.”
The Center for Climate Integrity wants oil and gas companies to help pay for the cost of adapting cities to sea level rise.
The most expensive city to protect will be Jacksonville, Florida, according to the group, at $3.5 billion. Also in the top 10 are Tampa, at number six: $938.4 million; and St. Petersburg, at number nine: $751.4 million.
New York City comes in at number two and — somewhat surprisingly — New Orleans is down at number 10.
(Image credits: NWS-Key West, top; NWS-Miami, middle; NWS-Melbourne, bottom)
TRIPLE DIGIT REDUX: There was no escaping the heat around the Florida peninsula on Friday.
Maximum heat index readings in South Florida: Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, and Homstead Air Reserve Base, 107; Naples, 106; Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, 105;
Keys: Marathon, 106; Boca Chica Naval Air Station, 103; and Key West, 100.
East-Central Florida: Daytona Beach, 108; Melbourne and Titusville, 106; Vero Beach and Kissimmee, 103; and Orlando, 102.
West Coast: Fort Myers-Southwest Florida International Airport, 104; Brooksville, 103; Sarasota and Winter Haven, 102; Tampa, 101.
North Florida: Cross City, 108; Ocala, 106; and Gainesville, 103. The actual high in Jacksonville — not the heat index — was 97, with a dew point of 79. The dew point was a record for the date.
Another heat advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for inland Collier County and Mainland Monroe County for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
After more heat Saturday and Sunday, temperatures should begin to moderate on Monday, thanks to more cloud cover and easterly winds, forecasters said.