About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.
If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century.
Thus begins an important article in this morning’s New York Times summarizing new research on climate change and sea level rise as it will affect the United States. The research is the work of Climate Central, a think tank in New Jersey focusing on both original research and dissemination of the work of other climate scientists. They have produced a very cool web page summarizing the results of this latest study that is worth taking a look at (I’ve embedded the map itself below – take a look).
Some highlights from the NY Times article: Continue reading