These stories came in together, one from Vanity Fair, the other from the International New York Times.  Essentially the same story: how two small islands could disappear as sea-levels rise.  But very different worlds, and expectations.


From Vanity Fair:


Miami Beach, a low-lying city to begin with, is already feeling the effects of sea-level rise. Every time there’s a heavy rain, the locals brace for flooding on Alton Road, the main north-south thoroughfare of the city’s west side …

On top of all this, Miami Beach must contend with a fairly new phenomenon that has come to be known locally as sunny-day flooding, in which Alton Road and its neighboring streets are awash in water even when no rain has fallen. …

… curiously, at the very same time that some climate scientists are questioning whether the city will even survive into the next century, Miami Beach is going through an economic and building boom that evokes nothing so much as Bloomberg-era New York at its most sparkly and flash. In the last 12 months alone, the city has added more than 2,000 hotel rooms


From the International New York Times:


Ghoramara is one of a few islands that sit at the mouth of the Hooghly River, a tributary of the Ganges, about 90 miles south of Kolkata, India. Ghoramara and its sister islands are vanishing, as satellite images show their shoreline borders shifting, shrinking and sinking with the waters. Its people subsist on rice and fish and are so impoverished they fish by casting nets from the land because they can’t afford boats. They are hardly the culprits of climate change, but the first to feel its ravages.