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).
[This is part II of an extended post of observations gleaned during my current visit to Singapore. See part I here.]
We left off with this statement: “this [Singaporean] miracle is more fragile than it appears. It’s economic, ecological and political foundations are crumbling. It would be surprising, to say the least, if the Singapore of 50 or 100 years from now was the same miraculous place it is today.”
My wife Susanna and I are in the middle of a two week visit to Singapore. This is an unusually long and delightfully leisurely visit compared with most of my overseas trips. Because our youngest daughter lives and works here, we’ve come to see and experience her world as well as to share the creation care message in two conferences this week – which is why I’ve been able to experience and explore the city in a more relaxed manner than is usually possible. These are some of my impressions after five days here – anecdotal, to be sure, but still valuable, I think. Continue reading →
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