Tag Archives: Sea Level Rise

Final Delta 2 rocket launches $1 billion ice probe

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Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Ending a 30-year run as one of America’s most successful rockets, a United Launch Alliance’s 155th and final Delta 2 roared to life for the last time Saturday carrying a $1 billion NASA satellite into orbit to measure the thickness and extent of polar ice sheets, changes in sea level and the height of forest canopies and clouds…

Read Full Article; CBS News (09-15-2018)

North Carolina didn’t like science on sea levels, so passed a law against it

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Aerial pictures of North Carolina’s coast, after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Photo courtesy of: © Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) / WCU

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In 2012, the state whose low-lying coast lies in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction of catastrophically rising seas by banning policies based on such forecasts…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (09-12-2018)

North Carolina Sea Level: No more head-in-the-sand? Yale Climate Connections (04-09-2016)

That ‘More Realistic’ Sea-Level Report? Not Good News for NC, By Robert S. Young, Ph.D.; News Observer(05-06-2015)

The State That ‘Outlawed Climate Change’ Accepts Latest Sea-Level Rise Report; WUNC (05-05-2015)
Five years ago, the Science Panel of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commissioner presented a report outlining that sea levels along the coast could rise as much as 39 inches over the next 100 years. The General Assembly passed a law forbidding communities from using this report to pass new rules. Now, almost three years later, the scientists have come back with a new report, but it is hardly complete and universal…

A New Report Lays Bare the Effects of Climate Change on the N.C. Coast, IndyWeek (04-09-2015)
The data are in, and the numbers are unequivocal: the coast of North Carolina, and especially the northern part of the Outer Banks, is sinking into the sea…

Denying Sea-Level Rise: How 100 Centimeters Divided The State of North Carolina, By Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey (04-23-2013)

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina’s Coast, (11-15-2013)
Professor Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, with North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio, discussing the consequences of climate change and how rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina…

Would iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse be underwater now if it wasn’t moved 20 years ago?

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Image courtesy of: © Mary Edna Fraser

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When experts decided in 1999 that the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse had to be moved to survive, Dare County officials sued to stop the risky relocation.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the colossal effort and Charlotte Observer reader Phil Hildebran, 57, of Taylorsville wondered if the encroaching Atlantic had finally reached the spot where the lighthouse once stood…

Read Full Article; The News & Observer (09-03-2018)

Morris Island Lighthouse & the Moving Beach; By Celie Dailey (02-01-2012)

Cemeteries in the Sea; By William J. Neal & Orrin H. Pilkey; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal (11-01-2013)
“Cemeteries by the sea are silent sentinels. Like lighthouses and coastal fortifications, they bear dates of former times when they were on high and dry land…”

Sea level rise is already eroding home values, unbeknownst to their owners


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Boineau is one of many homeowners on the front lines of society’s confrontation with climate change, living in houses where rising sea levels have worsened flooding not just in extreme events like hurricanes, but also heavy rains and even high tides.

Now, three studies have found evidence that the threat of higher seas is also undermining coastal property values, as home buyers – particularly investors – begin the retreat to higher ground…

Read Full Article, NOLA (08-21-2018)

Sea level rise has already sunk Carolinas beach property values — by $1.6 billion, study finds; News & Observer (07-25-2018)
Sea levels are rising and the southeast has already lost billions in property value, a recent study shows. Scientists have found $7.4 billion was lost in home values across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida because of sea level rise flooding from 2005 to 2017…

Coastal homes could see flood insurance premium going up again, and that’s only the beginning; Miami Herald (07-24-2018)

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study; Guardian UK (06-18-2018)

Rising seas threaten nearly $1 trillion worth of US homes, and most of them are moderately priced; CNBC (10-18-2017)

Sea Level Rise Will Reshape U.S. Population In All 50 States; Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise could cause mass migrations that will affect not just the United States’ East Coast, but reshape communities deep in the heart of the country, according to new research…

Coastal residents need to set aside money now to cope with future flooding; Sun Sentinel (07-10-2018)
Sea-level rise is a national economic insecurity. According to the National Ocean Service, 39 percent of the U.S. population in 2010 lived in counties that are on shorelines…

How rising seas and coastal storms drowned the U.S. flood insurance program, Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater…

The next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says; The Washington Post (02-20-2018)
Peaking global carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea-level rise, even if global warming is limited to well below 2 degrees C. A new study analyzes for the first time the sea-level legacy until 2300 within the constraints of the Paris Agreement…

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating; NASA (02-13-2018)
Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data…

Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen ‘every other day’ by late this century; The Washington Post (03-28-2018)

Surrendering to rising seas; Scientific American (08-2018)
Coastal communities struggling to adapt to climate change are beginning to do what was once unthinkable: retreat…

Cost of Coastal Flooding in Europe Could Reach $1 Trillion Annually by 2100


Etretat, Normandy, France. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Without additional climate change adaptation measures, the annual cost of damage from coastal flooding in Europe could jump from $1.4 billion today to as much as $1 trillion by the end of the century due largely to rising sea levels, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

These coastal floods could impact up to 3.65 million people in Europe annually by 2100, compared to 102,000 today…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (08-13-2018)

Europe needs coastal adaptation measures to avoid catastrophic flooding by the end of the century; Science Daily (08-13-2018)

The only answer to rising seas is to retreat; By Orrin H. Pilkey & Keith C. Pilkey; The News & Observer (10-18-2017)
Except for the timing, there is no controversy among scientists regarding sea level rise. Defending the coast and holding the shoreline in place ultimately will be futile. With a three-foot or a six-foot sea level rise, we will retreat, probably beginning within the next 50 years…

“A place in crisis”: Author documents life on disappearing Tangier Island


Tangier Island, Virginia. Photo source: USACE HQ

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Tangier Island, which is home to about 450 people, is slowly disappearing due to sea level change and shoreline erosion…

Read Full Article; CBS News (08-11-2018)

727 People on Chesapeake Bay Island Could Become America’s First ‘Climate Refugees’; LiveScience (12-15-2015)
Rising seas will likely render the last inhabited island in Virginia uninhabitable in 50 years, a new study finds…

On the Chesapeake, A Precarious Future of Rising Seas and High Tides; Video; Yale E360 (01-22-2018)

Tangier Island: Another Disappearing Island In The Chesapeake Bay, a BBC Video Documentary (11-29-2011)
Tangier Island lies in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and is 92 miles (148km) southeast of Washington, DC. This small piece of land is barely above sea level and its 500 residents are fighting for its survival…

Sea level rise has already sunk Carolinas beach property values — by $1.6 billion, study finds

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Topsail beach erosion, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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Sea levels are rising and the southeast has already lost billions in property value, a recent study shows.

Scientists have found $7.4 billion was lost in home values across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida because of sea level rise flooding from 2005 to 2017.

Scientists at First Street Foundation — a technology nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness of sea level rise — used data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, local governments, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to estimate flood risks…

Read Full Article, News & Observer (07-25-2018)

Coastal homes could see flood insurance premium going up again, and that’s only the beginning; Miami Herald (07-24-2018)

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study; Guardian UK (06-18-2018)

Rising seas threaten nearly $1 trillion worth of US homes, and most of them are moderately priced; CNBC (10-18-2017)

Sea Level Rise Will Reshape U.S. Population In All 50 States; Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise could cause mass migrations that will affect not just the United States’ East Coast, but reshape communities deep in the heart of the country, according to new research…

Coastal residents need to set aside money now to cope with future flooding; Sun Sentinel (07-10-2018)
Sea-level rise is a national economic insecurity. According to the National Ocean Service, 39 percent of the U.S. population in 2010 lived in counties that are on shorelines…

How rising seas and coastal storms drowned the U.S. flood insurance program, Yale E360 (04-19-2017)
Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater…

The next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says; The Washington Post (02-20-2018)
Peaking global carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea-level rise, even if global warming is limited to well below 2 degrees C. A new study analyzes for the first time the sea-level legacy until 2300 within the constraints of the Paris Agreement…

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating; NASA (02-13-2018)
Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data…

Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen ‘every other day’ by late this century; The Washington Post (03-28-2018)

Surrendering to rising seas; Scientific American (08-2018)
Coastal communities struggling to adapt to climate change are beginning to do what was once unthinkable: retreat…