Sea level rise in the New York Times

There were several opinion pieces about sea level rise published in the New York Times today. One, titled “Is this the end?” is nonsense and should be skipped. The other two, however, are quite good. One, “Paying for Future Catastrophes” talks about the rising insurance costs associated with disasters like Sandy, which will become more common. The other, “Rising seas, vanishing coastlines” talks about the amount of sea level rise we expect to experience in the future, and why it matters. There is an excellent interactive map that accompanies these that you should definitely check out. It lets you see how various cities are impacted by differing degrees of sea level rise. (Check out what New Orleans could look like by 2100 if we don’t clean up our act. Hint: it isn’t there.)

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