"Rising Sea Level Puts the Shore in 'Hot Zone'"

"Inch by inch along parts of the Atlantic Coast, global climate change is running in what scientists warn is geology’s version of fast-forward — swamping and eroding beaches, wetlands and farm fields."

"Shorelines from North Carolina to New Jersey to Boston are in a “hot zone” for sea-level rise and will see water levels rise at double the rate of most places on the planet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s largely because of a geologic double whammy: In addition to a rising sea level, this stretch of coast is also slowly sinking.

The treasured lifestyle of residents along the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic could significantly change by the time this year’s high school graduates retire, scientists say."

Jeff Montgomery, Molly Murray, and Kirk Moore report for the Asbury Park Press August 18, 2012.
 

Monday, August 20, 2012