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Old San Juan may disappear, as sea levels rise

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Rising sea level maps project that at least 1/3 of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico will be under water in the future.

This, of course, means that the rest of the island will be under water in many areas.

“In 2014, global sea level was 2.6 inchesabove the 1993 average—the highest annual average in the satellite record (1993-present),” said Rebecca Lindsey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.)

“Sea level continues to rise at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per year,” said Lindsey.

 

The following image shows a map of the current state of Old San Juan:

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Next, you can see that about a 1/3 of Old San Juan is underwater, according to NOAA projections.

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Globally, eight of the world’s 10 largest cities are near a coast, according to the U.N. Atlas of the Oceans.

“In urban settings, rising seas threaten infrastructure necessary for local jobs and regional industries. Roads, bridges, subways, water supplies, oil and gas wells, power plants, sewage treatment plants, landfills—virtually all human infrastructure—is at risk from sea level rise,” said Lindsey.

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The light blue line shows seasonal (3-month) sea level estimates from Church and White (2011). The darker line is based on University of Hawaii Fast Delivery sea level data.

So, why are sea levels rising so fast?

According to NOAA, sea levels are rising for two main reasons: glaciers and ice sheets are melting and adding water to the ocean and the volume of the ocean is expanding as the water warms.

Most recently, a trillion-ton iceberg that recently broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.

“To me, it’s an unequivocal signature of the impact of climate change on Larsen C,” said Eric Rignot, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This is not a natural cycle. This is the response of the system to a warmer climate from the top and from the bottom. Nothing else can cause this.”

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Composite images from NASA’s satellite imagery reveal the slow calving of a massive iceberg from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf over many months. Credit: NASA Goddard/UMBC JCET, Christopher A. Shuman

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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