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The U.S. cities with the worst climate change-related flooding

The U.S. cities with the worst climate change-related flooding

What’s the most pernicious climate-change threat facing the U.S. in the years to come? It might not be lung-scorching air pollution , less-nutritious crops , or super-fueled wildfires , but rising sea levels repeatedly swamping coastal cities, according to a new NOAA report. The number of “nuisance flooding” days in the U.S. has shot up markedly since the middle of last century, by as much as 925 percent in Annapolis and 922 percent in Baltimore. And as the oceans continue to swell – a byproduct of melting glaciers and the heat expansion of water — we can expect these waterlogged days to become yet more common, especially on the East Coast, says the report’s lead author, William Sweet . “Flooding now occurs with high tides in many locations due to climate-related sea-level rise, land subsidence and the loss of natural barriers,” Sweet says. “The effects of rising sea level...

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