when rising seas hit home


Red knots on Cape May: The population of the rufa subspecies of red knot has declined by an estimated 75 percent over the past two decades as sea level rise, shoreline stabilization, and Arctic warming shrink its habitat.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Cape May, New Jersey, and Its Vulnerable Visitors

In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the rufa subspecies of the red knot as threatened. Its numbers have declined by an estimated 75 percent over the last two decades to around 25,000 birds. The FWS reports that causes include “loss of habitat across its range due to sea level rise, shoreline stabilization, and Arctic warming.” A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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Protecting New Jersey From Sea Level Rise: The Future of the Meadowlands

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Meadowlands wetlands absorbed much of the storm surge’s energy and saved lives and homes. Marshland in New Jersey. A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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Charleston City Marina, 2015. Photo: www.jaredbramblett.com

Historic Communities Face New Challenges as Sea Levels Rise along the South Carolina Coast

The effects of sea level rise are appearing so fast in Charleston, South Carolina, that the city’s sustainability project manager, Carolee Williams, says most people have no time to holler from one side of the climate change political divide to the other. A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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Neighborhood on stilts. Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston, TX. In 2008, Hurricane Ike erased this neighborhood, except for the yellow house. Residents now are raising their houses even higher to cope with future flooding.

Galveston County, Texas, Faces Sea Level Rise and Storms

Residents in Galveston County, TX deal with tidal flooding on a regular basis. Due to sea level rise, flooding will become more frequent in a short period of time. A case study part of the report When Rising Seas Hit Home, 2017. Read more >

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New Interactive Map Highlights Effects of Sea Level Rise, Shows Areas of Chronic Flooding by Community

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A new interactive map tool lets you explore when and where chronic flooding–defined as 26 floods per year or more–will force communities to make hard choices. Here’s how to use it. Read more >

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