National Geographic recently posted a series of detailed, high-resolution images of what the world’s coastlines would look like in a few decades if current arctic melting patterns continue. As it stands, we had boats sailing right over the North Pole earlier this year, so the NatGeo maps are probably a decent vision of things to come.
I guess it won’t be zombies or terrifying, anthropomorphized bears, then. It’ll be floods, then food riots, then the flesh-eating neighbors. So, while we wait for that to go down, let’s do what Lex Luthor tried to do in the good Superman movie: get rich!
Sell low, people. Sell low and buy high. Higher ground, that is.
Climate Change is Real. When Do We Start Moving?
Evidence for climate change is all around us these days. With weather extremes ranging from super-typhoons in Asia to an eerily quiet 2013 Atlantic hurricane season potentially setting us up for some serious Gulf Stream weirdness next year, neither highly-informed climate scientists OR the mush-brained idiots claiming climate change isn’t a thing have any idea what’s going to happen next. All of which raises the question: is it time to move?
If you think I’m being excessively crazy-pants this morning, consider what astrophysicist, net-celebrity, and all-around smart guy Neil deGrasse Tyson. He recently said that “all climate scientists should announce they’re going to take their entire life savings and invest in industries that will thrive under the conditions of global warming. All those in denial of global warming – which tends to be some of the wealthier people of the nation – won’t do that. As global warming unfolds, that will be the greatest inversion of wealth the world has ever seen. That’s all it takes.”
That’s some smart-thinking there – and, because most people’s wealth (especially the “middle class”) is tied up in real estate, moving might be the simplest way for us to accomplish that en masse. Here’s how you do it.
Second, if you live in one of the “hot spots” like New York, Florida, Arizona, Texas, or California, you need to leverage whatever assets you have and use them to buy a home someplace along the Great Lakes, which will probably survive with a milder climate for longer. Find the right, trendy, “walkable” neighborhood using a tool like Point2 Homes to find lake or river-accessible neighborhoods “on the rise”.
Third, wait. Once the exodus from places like Miami, Austin, and Brooklyn kicks into high gear, you’ll have the prime real estate already cornered. Charge whatever you want to rent out your sweet pad to the amoral s***bags who killed the coasts with their oil and gas bulls***, and laugh heartily as you do so.
No need to thank me, guys. Thank Neil- it was his idea.