Rising Sea-Level Threatens Coastal States

Sea-level rise threatens every coastal state throughout the country. The Washington Post reports that a recent report from the Maryland Commission on Climate Change expects a two to six feet coastal sea-level rise by the end of the century. Furthermore, the U.S. Geological Survey published a study finding that sea levels from Cape Hatteras, NC to Boston, “have risen at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average.” Donald F. Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, believes the fear of such a rise in sea-level will be taken seriously when “its effects on storm surge is factored in.” Boesch suggests placing utility poles on high ground so the poles do not get destroyed whenever a storm hits. Additionally, municipal planners nationwide propose to retreat from areas most vulnerable. Such proposals advise against locating “schools, police stations, firehouses, and other buildings meant to last 75 years in places projected to flood.”

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