New York’s characteristic buildings are causing the city to succumb under its weight. With rising sea levels and the weight of the building, NYC is under threat.
When you think of New York City, you think of the concrete jungle. New York is nothing without its world famous skyscrapers. Unfortunately for the city that never sleeps, it is under threat due to the rising sea levels. While the risk of rising water levels, and global warming has been around for a couple of years, according to reports, New York City has a new factor adding on to the threat; their very own skyscrapers.
According to reports, a new study shows that the architectural beauty of New York’s building, have been weighing down the city itself. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island came to the conclusion that New York’s five boroughs add up to a total of 1,084,954 buildings, which make it 1.68 trillion pounds, in weight.
In the study, it was found that depending on the makeup of the soils supporting the buildings, the researchers have modeled a settlement brought on by the pressure of those structures. The data gathered for this study, shows a display of satellite photos, and reveals that New York City is sinking at a rate of 1 to 2 millimeters yearly, on average.
The Big Apple, which is home to more than eight million people, is also at risk of disappearing due to rising water levels as well as an increase in hurricanes and storms due to climate change, making the matter all the more important.