New York is sinking

Researchers, writing for the Earth’s Future journal, have stated that New York City is subsiding by 1-2mm a year, with some areas sinking faster.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the buildings weigh a total of 1.68 trillion lbs and sea water levels are rising due to climate change (the sea has risen by about 9in, or 22cm, since 1950). Researchers commented that these problems are not unique to New York. “The combination of tectonic and anthropogenic subsidence, sea level rise and increasing hurricane intensity implies an accelerating problem along coastal and riverfront areas.”

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