Floods and Flood Zones

Sea Level Rise Will Flood Hundreds of Cities in the Near Future

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Laura Parker
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Many shore communities in the U.S. face inundation in the coming decades.

Sea level rise caused by global warming is usually cast as a doomsday scenario that will play out so far into the future, it’s easy to ignore. Just ask anyone in South Florida, where new construction proceeds apace.

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Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

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Gregor Aisch, David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
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More than a quarter of Vietnam'€s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century. Four percent of China'€s residents - 50 million people - live in the same kind of areas. Across the globe, about one person in 40 lives in a place likely to be exposed to such flooding by the end of the century, absent significant changes. ... Read more about Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

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How High Could the Tide Go?

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Justin Gillis
PREHISTORIC SHORELINES Researchers explored ancient rock formations on South Africa’s coast. They are looking for critical clues from records of past climate change to help predict sea level rise in a warming world.
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BREDASDORP, South Africa — A scruffy crew of scientists barreled down a dirt road, their two-car caravan kicking up dust. After searching all day for ancient beaches miles inland from the modern shoreline, they were about to give up.

Suddenly, the lead car screeched to a halt. Paul J. Hearty, a geologist from North Carolina, leapt out and seized a white object on the side of the road: a fossilized seashell. He beamed. In minutes, the team had collected dozens more. ... Read more about How High Could the Tide Go?

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Too Big to Flood? Megacities Face Future of Major Storm Risk

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Bruce Stutz
The flooding in Bangkok in 2011 was the worst in 50 years.
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By the middle of the century, the scores of billions it cost to compensate the greater New York City area for being unprepared for superstorm Sandy may seem like a bargain. Without major adaptation measures to increase the level of storm protection beyond a 1-in-100-year event, the value of the city’s buildings, transportation, and utilities utility infrastructures currently at risk from storm surges and flooding — an estimated $320 billion — will be worth $2 trillion by 2070, according to continuing studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ... Read more about Too Big to Flood? Megacities Face Future of Major Storm Risk

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