Forbes reports that the flooding caused by Hurricanes Elsa and Harvey, as well as the rainstorm flooding in Florida and Georgia, and the flash floods in New York, New Jersey, and Houston, are all the result of climate change. Superstorm Sandy created massive flooding all along the East Coast of the U.S., and rising rivers and creeks created by inordinate amounts of rainfall have caused flooding in parts of Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, Tokyo, Belgium, Germany, and Edinburgh.
In coastal and island regions, such as Vunidogoloa in Fiji and Manila, in the Philippines, rising ocean waters have gone from a slightly higher tide to a slowly sinking city in record time. According to The Guardian, back-to-back typhoons in 2009, 2012, and 2018 have caused billions in flood damage, massive evacuations, and significant loss of life.
Fiji has also seen its share of oceanic cyclones and monstrous typhoons. On top of that, Vunidologia and several other of the nation’s islands are still slowly sinking into the ocean thanks to the rising waters caused by melting ice caps, according to the United Nations. As the planet warms and storms continue to intensify, things will only get worse for island nations like these.
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