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Coastal cities face challenging times in a climate-changed world

What Does the Future Hold for America’s Coastal Cities?

Scientists have observed a rapidly-growing atmospheric carbon presence. Whatever your views on the cause of this phenomenon, the trend is confirmed and supported throughout the scientific community. And with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon, and the subsequent UV heat-trapping, global temperatures continue to rise. With warming atmospheric temperatures, ocean levels will also gradually increase, heralding a plethora of future problems…

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Climate Change to Take a Greater Toll on Credit Ratings

The effects of the warming climate will have increasingly negative impacts on the credit ratings of organizations that lack adequate, comprehensive climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, Moody’s says.

Beach erosion

Caribbean Nations Look to International Community to Help Conserve Region’s Sandy Beaches

A prospective US$4.5 million from South Korea could lead to the launch of an inter4national project on the part of Association of Caribbean States’ members to stem the loss of sandy beaches throughout the region.

Chronic inundation and real estate value

Chronically Inundated US Coastal Communities Could Jump from 90-plus to Nearly 170 In Less Than 20 Years

Government authorities and residents in a fast rising number of US coastal communities across the nation will face some very difficult choices in coming years as a result of chronic inundation, including the possibility of having to abandon entire towns and perhaps even cities, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Latest Projections of Regional Sea Level Rise Emphasize Need for Ongoing Research, Adaptation Planning

Sea level rise along all U.S. coasts barring Alaska is projected to be higher than the global average in the three worst-case scenarios — 0.3-1 meter or more come 2100 — according to the latest projections from a public-private climate research partnership led by NOAA

Prime Beachfront Property: Washed Away by Rising Tides

Nearly 100 feet of prime beach has been lost in the popular Maya Riviera resort town of Playa del Carmen since 2010 despite the millions spent to preserve it. Hotel and resort owners in Cancun once again are calling on Mexico’s federal government to bail them out.

The world's coastlines with a 6 meter (19+ foot) rise in sea level. NASA

Sea Level Rise is Far Worse Than Previously Thought

Rising levels of greenhouse gasses are increasing global temperatures and this is causing sea levels to rise. Global warming causes sea levels to rise by melting ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice; it also causes water to warm and expand. Sea-level rise and resultant flooding may be the greatest challenge facing humanity. Scientists agree that sea levels will rise and…

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