Flooding, heatstroke and raw sewage being swept into the Bay: Climate change just doesn’t sound like much fun at all.
By Joe Eskenazi
If, in the near future, the sea level raises by only about a meter – a conservative estimate – the computer image displayed above will be the de facto new downtown plan. At AT&T Park, for one, the words “hit” and “splash hit” will be interchangeable.
And if your first reaction is to think, “Big deal, so I’ll wear a pair of rain boots around town,” then Melissa Capria will be the first to tell you that you’re missing the point. The fact that a single extra meter of ocean and Bay water will inundate San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport and large swaths of SoMa is just the tip of the iceberg – not that there’ll be many of those left.