Neurath Power Plant Rated Germany's Biggest CO2 Emitter One of the most difficult tasks among climate scientists is predicting how climate change will play out over the longer term and how anthropogenic contributions will further impact those climatic shifts. There is widespread agreement that carbon emissions have significantly increased since the industrial revolution and these emissions are playing a climate-changing role, but the consensus diverges when modeling future climate scenarios.

In this perhaps hyperbolic yet interesting piece, several climate researchers share their views about how various North American regions will likely be impacted. According to the people interviewed, the East Coast, California and Florida don’t look great, but the Pacific Northwest could be an attractive destination, along with Detroit and other “elevated inland cities.”

“Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century.” – Camilo Mora, a geography professor at the University of Hawaii, as reported by the New York Times 

Mora published his findings in a Nature article titled “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability.”

This is a historic climate change moment, with the UN Climate Summit taking place today – follow it live here – and COP 20 coming up in Lima, Peru in 3 months, followed by COP 21 in Paris next year.