This may sound far off and unimportant, but the Florida coast is already seeing signs of sea level rise. Jeffrey Chanton, the John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography Ph.D. at UNC,was quoted by World-Mysteries.com as saying that "Along the marshy Gulf Coast of Florida, the effects of sea level rise can be observed in the number of dead cabbage palms at the seaward edge of the salt marsh."
You may be wondering why all these scientists are so convinced that Florida will flood. Sea levels are predicted to rise because global warming is currently melting the Arctic sea ice, Antarctic ice shelves, and the Greenland ice sheet. If any one of these melts, it could cause catastrophic problems for Florida and the world. The Arctic sea ice has been steadily declining in recent years.
But do you need to worry yet? Yes and no. While it is important that we all work to lower our carbon emissions to be kinder to our ozone layer, I wouldn’t worry about avoiding on-the-water real-estate just yet. But it may be in your best interest to understand what is happening to our local coastlines, and be aware of what may happen to those coastlines in the future.