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Detective or Scientist? Fingerprinting the Ocean to Estimate Global Sea Level Rise

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Carling Hay, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University & Rutgers University

Cambridge, MA

When you pick up the newspaper or turn on the television, you are likely to find a story about climate change and rising sea levels. Most of these stories focus on making predictions for the next century and beyond. After all, don’t we already have a complete understanding of the past? The answer to that question isn’t quite so simple.   Read More

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A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: How the Bay Bridge Was Rebuilt Without Considering Climate Change

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently released a report identifying infrastructure vulnerable to climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area. It should be surprising that topping the list was the brand new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ramp, which connects Oakland to the new span of the Bay Bridge. Read More

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For Some, Climate Change Already Means Adapting or Saying Goodbye

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Nicole Hernández Hammer
Consultant, Union of Concerned Scientists

Florida

As the changing climate continues to transform the American landscape, we are beginning to realize the many ways in which our day-to-day lives and those of future generations will be different. Read More

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World Heritage Sites Among Many Cultural Resources Threatened by Climate Change

The last time I attended a World Parks Congress, 20 years ago in Venezuela, there was scarcely a mention of climate change. Back then, it was seen by conservationists as largely a problem they would have to deal with in the future. Well I’m sorry to say that the future is here, and so are the consequences of climate change. Read More

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Six Candidates, Three Debates, ZERO Arguments About Climate Science

There was a slight thaw in the climate change debate this month. Six candidates for high office – three Republicans and three Democrats – publicly debated what to do about climate change instead of arguing about the science. Read More

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks the Right Question on Climate Change in Florida Governor’s Debate

Too often, journalists ask politicians questions about climate change that only reinforce polarized and misleading messages about climate science. That didn’t happen last night. Read More

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As Sea Level Rises in Jamaica Bay, New York, Tidal Flooding Moves from Occasional to Chronic

What would it be like to live in a place that floods every full moon? We asked that question and others in our report, Encroaching Tides, which was released last week. Read More

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The Future of Historic Places and Climate Change

Sometimes a visitor’s appreciation of historic sites can benefit from a good dose of imagination. Who doesn’t conjure thousands of soldiers from their mind’s eye on a walk across the battlefield at Gettysburg? But more and more, I find myself imagining not what these places were like in the past, but what will become of them in the future. Read More

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Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coasts Communities over the Next 30 Years

Today UCS is releasing a report that outlines steep increases in the frequency, extent, and duration of tidal flooding for communities along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts. Riding on higher seas over the next 15 and 30 years, the tides alone have the potential to start reshaping how and where people in affected areas live, work, and otherwise go about their daily lives. And by causing certain areas to be regularly flooded, sea level rise has the potential to effectively claim land decades before that land is projected to be permanently underwater. We need to understand what we’re dealing with and start responding. Read More

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Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding: Forthcoming Report on Encroaching Tides Signals a New Chapter for Many Coastal Communities

There are things we know pretty well about the effects of sea level rise. Today it is making damage from storm surge worse. In the second half of this century, it will permanently inundate certain places. In between, it is rising, and at an accelerating rate. But there are things we don’t understand nearly well enough for a country with a third of its population living in coastal counties. Things like: What effect will it have on coastal communities over just the next several decades?

Next week, UCS is releasing a new report that takes a hard look at this question for the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, and outlines in detail the central and disruptive role that tidal flooding is poised to play. Read More

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