Rising Waters

BY ON July 25, 2013

Cartoon of God and an angel reacting to the sea level reaching the clouds "What the hell have they done now?"

According to Moms Clean Air Force partner, Climate Central:

“Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating. Rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. A Climate Central analysis finds the odds of “century” or worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more, over widespread areas of the U.S. These increases threaten an enormous amount of damage. Across the country, nearly 5 million people live in 2.6 million homes at less than 4 feet above high tide — a level lower than the century flood line for most locations analyzed. And compounding this risk, scientists expect roughly 2 to 7 more feet of sea level rise this century — a lot depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky.”

Climate Central provides an interactive map tool that shows different amounts of sea level rise and storm surge flooding to all 3000+ coastal towns, cities, counties and states in the Lower 48.

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TOPICS: Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather