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Sea Levels Rise Rapidly on the Southeast and Gulf Coasts in the U.S.

Sea levels have risen rapidly along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts at record-breaking rates over the past 12 years, according to a new study from scientists. In the study, published in Nature Communications, researchers state that they had noticed the rate of sea levels rise of about half an inch per year since 2010 due to climate change and natural causes.

“These rapid rates are unprecedented over at least the 20th century, and they have been three times higher than the global average over the same period,” says Sönke Dangendorf, lead author and the David and Jane Flowerree Assistant Professor in the Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering at Tulane.

Since 1900, many studies and measurements have been made alerting the public of the dangers of “global warming” or climate change, which would bring huge negative impacts on our ordinary lives. That “would” has become a “will,” and now, it’s simply become a matter of how much impact.

Beach communities from the Sun States, the Gulf Coast, and along the Southeast coastlines are going to be more vulnerable, both in terms of the real estate market and in the most real, physical sense.

This will likely impact the retirees and the fish industries the most as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing climate and environment that is no longer so kind to their way of life; simply, the waters are coming fast to eat up their real properties and the investment they’ve put down.

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