Global warming melts the polar ice caps which in turn raises sea levels. This creates an environment prone to flooding in low-lying areas. Well, duh...
This information, while originally scoffed at as crazy environmental hooey, has become a reality. With a rising tide comes floods affecting homeowners along the entire coastline of the U.S. States particularly prone are Florida, Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, and also parts of New York and New Jersey in our tri-state area.
This article from yesterday's New York Times indicates the sea level will continue to rise and global warming persists. See the excerpt below.
Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.
By JUSTIN GILLIS
Published: March 13, 2012
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.
“Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” said Benjamin H. Strauss, an author, with other scientists, of two new papers outlining the research. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.”
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