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Boston and New York are trying to address sea-level rise before it becomes a big problem:

Boston and New York are trying to address sea-level rise before it becomes a big problem:

Boston and New York were economic hubs of Colonial America. On the Eastern seaboard (or, as it was known then, the only seaboard), each city’s harbor and surrounding natural resources made it a critical center of commerce, trade, and industry. Being on the coast used to be an asset. In a warming world, it’s a big problem. Both cities are highly vulnerable to rising sea levels. This map of Boston, created by a Climate Central tool , shows areas vulnerable to a rise of five meters in satellite view. Click to embiggen. Higher sea levels have been inevitable for some time, but recent research indicates that sea levels are rising faster on the East Coast than anywhere else. (Except, of course, in North Carolina .) Both cities are now developing contingency plans for higher seas and related storm surges. Areas currently vulnerable to hurricane-related storm surge, from the New Y...

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