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An Increase in Average Sea Level Rise Imperils Eastern US Cities
By Joanna Lentini, August 10, 2017 @ 08:18 PM (EST)
Source: Science Daily

 

While warnings from environmental scientists about rising sea levels are nothing new, recent findings indicate that previous predictions may not have been dire enough to fit the true situation. Sea levels aren’t just rising: the average rate of increase is actually speeding up. Eastern coastal cities of the United States are particularly threatened, including some of the most populous ones. Last week in Baltimore, results of the most recent research were revealed by Andrew Parnell of University College Dublin who, in cooperation with researchers at Tufts University, Rutgers University and Nanyang Technological University, developed and utilized new research methods that are much more reliable and produced these much more alarming statistics. 

Specifically, their research revealed that although sea levels on the East Coast rose on average less than one millimeter per year from 0 AD to 1800 AD, those levels have been rising more than 1.7 mm per year since the Industrial Revolution, the highest levels in 2000 years, according to the International Panel on Climate Change.  In particular peril is an area of New York City situated only one meter above sea level and upon which perches an economic development area worth 25 billion dollars. It’s not difficult to do the math and to discover just how ominous these statistics are. Let’s hope someone in charge begins to pay more attention and takes action aimed at reducing future calamity.

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