Scientists: NYC Sinking Under Weight Of Skyscrapers, Bigger Worry Than Climate Change

  • A team from the US Geological Survey and the University of Rhode Island found that the weight of the city’s giant skyscrapers is causing the five boroughs to sink one-to-two millimeters yearly.
  • Last year, some of the study’s University of Rhode Island coauthors listed the Big Apple alongside 98 other coastal cities around the world that are also sinking under the weight of their majestic skylines.
  • In most of the cities they surveyed, the land below is receding faster than sea levels are rising due to climate change — the dangerous combination that threatens residents with greater flood risks sooner than predicted by today’s climate models.
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