Friday, July 13, 2012

Sea Level Rise Risk in Boston Area, etc - Adaption to sea-level rise due to climate change will be very challenging in the northeastern United States, according to a report summarized by John Bolduc: "According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Boston area is in a hotspot for accelerated sea level rise.  The USGS found that data for 1950 to 1979 and 1980 to 2009 are consistent with modelling that indicates a 1,000 mile zone north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina is subject to higher sea level rise compared to the global average.  The hot spot has seen sea level rising about 3 to 4 times faster than the global average.  The implication is that as climate change progresses, this area will sea a disproportionate amount of sea level rise.  The findings were published in Nature Climate Change.  [Boston Globe, 6/24/12]" [Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee, CPAC BULLETIN,July 2012].