On the Bright Side, Rising Oceans Will Send Folks to Texas
In a glass half-full sort of article, Zach Despart of the Houston Press sees some upside for Texas from the rising sea levels threatening coastal areas in Florida and Louisiana. Research published in Nature indicates that up to 2.5 million residents may be displaced by rising waters by 2100, with up to 800,000 landing in Austin and 250,000 in Houston. So where's the upside? Despart writes:
[Mathew E. Hauer, the study's author] says migration to inland cities could be a blessing or a curse — a burden to some municipalities with outdated infrastructure and lack of employment opportunities, and a blessing to cities in need of revitalization. Texas, however, seems to be prepared. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last year that five of the 11 fastest-growing U.S. cities are in Texas.