Sobering study details how climate change could displace thousands in NYC

Staten Island Advance: Rising sea levels threaten to displace hundreds of thousands of New York City residents in the coming decades, a new report found, a shift that would cause a fundamental reshaping of the five boroughs and disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations.

The analysis, titled “Climate Displacement in New York City: Making space for our neighbors,” was conducted by Rebuild by Design and Milliman, an insurance firm, and aimed to quantify the physical risks posed by flooding and the financial constraints that could be caused by people migrating to other parts of the city.

The 15-page report’s findings indicated 1.7 million people live within or directly adjacent to the city’s estimated 2050 100-year floodplain, with more than 400,000 people living in low-lying and low-income areas with high future flood risk, and underscore the need to prepare for future population shifts that carry cascading implications.

“We can no longer pretend that climate change is someone else’s problem,” said Amy Chester, managing director of Rebuild by Design, in a release. “If we do not start making space for our neighbors to move out of harm’s way, we are setting ourselves up for additional pressures on housing affordability, further displacing long time, and lower income residents.” Read More >>