"Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S."

"About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research."

"If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century.

By far the most vulnerable state is Florida, the new analysis found, with roughly half of the nation’s at-risk population living near the coast on the porous, low-lying limestone shelf that constitutes much of that state. But Louisiana, California, New York and New Jersey are also particularly vulnerable, researchers found, and virtually the entire American coastline is at some degree of risk."

Justin Gillis reports for the New York Times March 13, 2012.


"Report: Warming Doubles Extreme Coastal Flood Risk Across U.S." (Climate Central)

"New York Times – How Many Americans Are Facing Imminent Sea Level Rise – Right at Home? Try 3.7 Million (Or…About 307 Million Are Not)" (Knight Science Journalism Tracker)

"Weighing the Risk of Sea-Level Rise" (Green/NYT)

"Sea Level Studies: US Coasts Even More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Florida at Highest Risk for Flooding From Sea Level Rise, Report Finds" (Miami Herald)

Source: NY Times, 03/15/2012