– Cozumel and Isla Mujeres will disappear under water due to rising sea level caused by melting in the Arctic. The forecast indicates that this change will be one of the impacts of global warming if no action is taken to curb the global issue.
The process could begin in about 100 years and the sea level is expected to reach five miles inland on the Yucatan Peninsula.
This was stated Armando Escobedo Galván Hiram in his paper “Climate change and implications for sea turtles.” The presented it as a doctoral candidate in the doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Ecology, UNAM.
On the second day of the Second National Meeting on Conservation of Sea Turtles, Escobedo Galván said that the increase in sea levels, more than one meter, will have serious consequences in Cozumel and its people. Isla Mujeres currently has 28,000 inhabitants, while Cozumel has 89,000.
At the end of his speech he stated that we take real measures against the misuse of natural resources, deforestation and indiscriminate use of hydrocarbons, the impact would be lessened.
“The sea levels will rise as has happened throughout Earth’s history. Human activities are contributing to hasten this.”
Resort areas like Cancun and Tulum as well as their surrounding areas will also feel the impact of the rising sea level, as it will move the coast about three miles inward, disappearing them from the map of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The UN has a list of 43 countries in the Alliance of Small Island States located in the Pacific Ocean that in the year 2100 will be affected by the rise of ocean levels. The Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Caribbean Sea will also suffer the same consequences.