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Re: Hurricane Harvey, sea level at Galveston has risen a foot since 1963 due to climate change:

Why are the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico hotspots of sea level rise? Global average sea level has increased 8 inches since 1880. Several locations along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico have experienced more than 8 inches of local sea level rise in only the past 50 years. The rate of local sea level rise is affected by global, regional, and local factors. Along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico, changes in the path and strength of ocean currents are contributing to faster-than-average sea level rise. In parts of the East Coast and Gulf regions, land is subsiding, which allows the ocean to penetrate farther inland. How quickly is land ice melting? Shrinking land ice — glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets — contributed about half of the total global sea level rise between 1972 and 2008, but its contribution has been increasing since the early 1990s as the pace of ice loss ha...

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