Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Report: N.O. to lose more than 10 percent of land by 2100

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM

By 2100, sea levels will rise more than 3 feet and threaten 9 percent of the land in coastal U.S. cities, according to a new report from the University of Arizona. Scientists there said with the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming will continue to melt ice sheets as sea levels rise 4 to 6 feet over the next few centuries.

Nine big coastal cities — including New York and Boston — will take a hit, including Miami, Virginia Beach, and New Orleans (and, obviously, its surrounding, more-coastal cities). Here's a look:

  • Jeremy Weiss, University of Arizona

The report ("Implications of Recent Sea Level Rise Science for Low-Elevation Areas in Coastal Cities of the Conterminous U.S.A.") will be published in Climate Change Letters this week.

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