"Boston Plans For 'Near-Term Risk' Of Rising Tides"

"While many cities around the country grapple with drought and excessive heat this year, city planners in Boston have something else on their minds: the prospect of rising water."

"In this coastal metropolis, scientists and computer models predict that climate change could eventually lead to dramatic increases in sea level around the city. Coupled with a storm surge at high tide, parts of the city could easily end up under water.

The area that's home to Boston's Faneuil Hall, the city's first public market, is one of them. The land the hall was built on was once waterfront property, but by the late 1800s, the growing city needed more room. So the marshes and mudflats along the wharf were filled in — and the city expanded."

Monica Brady-Myerov reports for NPR's All Things Considered August 21, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Sea-Level Rise: Whatever You Call It, Water Is Rising in Norfolk" (The Daily Climate)

"In Virginia, Encroaching Seas Pit Parking Against Preservation" (Daily Climate)

"Worst-Case Scenarios May Not Go Far Enough For Ocean City, Md." (Wilmington News Journal)

Olympia, Wash.: "Scenic City Debates Erecting Barriers as Sea Levels Rise" (ClimateWire)
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012