The triple whammy of the moon’s wobble, sea level rise and more intense storms will bring worse tidal floods into coastal communities in the 2030s. This includes in Australia.
If you want to stroll the shoreline, know your rights.
In principle, some portion of the shoreline is public land along virtually all US coasts. But these can sometimes overlap with private property interests, creating confusion and conflict.
Storms hitting at high tide can quickly flood streets.
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Done right, managed retreat redesigns communities to be better for everyone. Here’s how it’s evolving for the future.
Eroding sea cliffs reveal an old landfill on Walney Island, England.
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Killer whales among the animals at risk from a ‘second wave’ of pollutants, as coasts erode and sea levels rise.
High-tide flooding has become a frequent problem in the Miami area.
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NOAA’s 2021 high-tide flooding outlook shows where the risks are highest and growing. Some communities are seeing 20 or more days of flooding a year now.
With climate change making more than 30,000 coastal properties potentially uninsurable within the next 25 years, government-led solutions should be fast-tracked.
Structures are built to withstand a normal range of conditions. But what’s ‘normal’ is changing rapidly.
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The world’s nuclear power plants are on the frontline of climate change – and not in a good way.
Flooding caused by high tides in a Miami neighborhood on June 19, 2019.
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Many coastal US cities are contending with increasingly frequent and severe tidal flooding as sea levels rise. Some are considering building seawalls, but this strategy is not simple or cheap.
Low-lying communities near rivers and bays face increasing risk of flooding.
Managed retreat doesn’t always mean leaving. It’s about preserving the essential while redesigning communities to be better for everyone. Here’s what that can look like.
Migrants hoping to reach the distant U.S. border walk along a highway in Guatemala in January 2021.
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Climate migrants don’t fit neatly into the legal definitions of refugee or migrant, and that can leave them in limbo. The Biden administration is debating how to identify and help them.
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Earth observation satellites can measure millimetre changes in sea level and track deforestation in near-real time.
The big wildcard for sea level rise is Antarctica.
If emissions continue at their current pace, Antarctica will cross a threshold into runaway sea rise when today’s kids are raising families. Pulling CO2 out of the air later won’t stop the ice loss.
A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.
April’s super full moon was known as the pink moon because it heralds the arrival of spring flowers.
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Sea level is still rising, and when that lunar cycle starts upward again, it will mean double trouble for places like Miami.
Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
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In a new study, we found that a third of Antarctica’s ice shelves could collapse at 4°C of global warming.
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New Zealand is replacing its once groundbreaking environmental legislation with new laws, one of which focuses on climate change adaptation and will include a fund to enable managed retreat.
Ghost forest panorama in coastal North Carolina.
As sea levels rise along the Atlantic coast, saltwater is intruding inland, killing trees and turning coastal forests into marshes. Should scientists try to slow the process, or work with it?
This is not an imaginary future dystopia. It’s a scientific projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming – a future we must both strenuously try to avoid, but also prepare for.
Jakarta is sinking while sea levels rise.
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Sinking land plus rising seas are putting hundreds of millions of people at risk.