Jianjun Yin, a climate modeler at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) at Florida State, published a report in the journal Nature Geoscience; which predicts a dire future for the northeast coast of the United States.
"The northeast coast of the United States," Yin said, "is among the most vulnerable regions to future changes in sea level and ocean circulation, especially when considering its population density and the potential socioeconomic consequences of such changes. The most populous states and cities of the United States and centers of economy, politics, culture and education are located along that coast."
The city of New York has a population of more than 8 million, and with miles of coastlines, it is exceptionally vulnerable to hurricanes.
Throughout the last century, sea levels have risen steadily about 1.8mm per year. However, during the last decade the rise has increased to more than 3mm due to warming of the oceans and melting sea ice.
Warmer ocean surface temperatures, according to Yin, poses a 90 percent chance that sea levels along the northeast coast will surpass the average worldwide sea level rise by the end of the century. An increase such as this will leave New York City even more vulnerable to hurricanes and winter storm surges.
Greenland's melting sea ice is predicted to raise sea levels around the world, but this study was based strictly on thermal expansion. Melting sea ice was not a factor. Factoring in the rapid melting of sea ice, researchers have predicted a rise in sea level of 11 to 37 inches in New York City within the next 50 to 70 years.
Since most of New York City is less than 20 feet above sea level and much of lower Manhattan being less than only five feet above sea level, the whole region is seriously at risk.
"With sea level at these higher levels," said Vivien Gornitz, a scientist on a team at NASA's Goddard Institute, "flooding by major storms would inundate many low-lying neighborhoods and shut down the entire metropolitan transportation system with much greater frequency."
An increase of only 1.5 in sea level, added to the force of a category 3 hurricane would leave places such as Coney Island, Queens, Flushing Meadows and lower Manhattan largely underwater. A worse case tract could create a storm surge of more than 25 feet around JFK and upwards from 15 to 20 feet in may other areas.
The category 3 Hurricane of 1938 crossed central Long Island into southern New England with a 30-foot high wall of water, taking the lives of nearly 700 people. Due to warming of the oceans along with melting sea ice, scientists are working hard with city officials to help prepare for future worse case scenarios.
Meanwhile, New York is only one of the many cities at risk. Rising sea levels will affect coastal regions worldwide. Millions may have to relocate. Fresh water supplies could be compromised. And with new research results coming in almost daily, the predictions seem to be constantly changing from bad to worse.
What's more, there is an event, taking place in the universe, which is supposed to be complete by December 21, 2012. The planets are lining up with the center of the Milky Way and according to popular belief; this alignment may cause serious changes in our climate.
Actually, a number of experts who study these things believe the alignment is already playing a big part in our climate changes and global warming due to the fact that other planets are experiencing global warming.
Apparently, this alignment is predicted to have such an influence on our climate that as we near 2012, we could experience super-storms, mega-tsunamis, intense earthquakes and more.
What is our world coming to? With dire predictions such as these, along with their consequences such as mass migration, disease, famine, and more, what does the future hold for us, and especially our children?
According to Jesus Christ, there is a time of extreme tribulation coming upon the whole world. He said it would be, "such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
Matthew Mark and Luke; recorded the words Jesus used to describe the things that would take place prior to the end of the age and His return.
"Nation shall rise against nation And great earthquakes famines, and pestilences fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven signs in the sun, moon, stars; and upon the earth distress of nations the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."
People around the world are scrambling to find a "safe place," away from the city where they believe lawlessness is sure to ensue once it all begins to take place. People are learning how to live without power and preparing to be self sufficient- growing their own food, learning pioneering skills and stocking up essential goods.
Before the end of the century, much of New York could indeed be under water, along with a number of other coastal cities around the world. Nevertheless, there is a place of safety for anyone who chooses to go
"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."