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The sea is rising three times faster than we thought. If cities are the future of sustainability, they can’t only be green — they have to be livable, too.

The sea is rising three times faster than we thought.

Enter Ritchie Torres, New York City’s youngest elected official, hell-bent on making the city more affordable for its most vulnerable inhabitants. Torres, who is Afro-Latino and the first openly LGBT politician from the Bronx, cut his political teeth as a tenant organizer. He ran for city council in 2013 at the behest of a mentor who saw potential in the self-described introvert — and won. The young councilman’s driving issue is affordable housing, because, he says, “there can be no city without housing.” Reassessment of 20th century global mean sea level rise. Author Affiliations Edited by Anny Cazenave, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse Cedex 9, France, and approved April 17, 2017 (received for review September 28, 2016) Significance Estimates of global mean sea level (GMSL) before the advent of satellite altimetry vary widely, mainly because of the uneven coverage and limited temporal sampling of tide gauge records, which track local sea level rather than the global mean.

Reassessment of 20th century global mean sea level rise

As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts. Coastal communities are enduring growing flood risks from rising seas, with places like Atlantic City, sandwiched between a bay and the ocean, facing some of the greatest threats.

As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts

Guided by new research by Climate Central’s Scott Kulp and Benjamin Strauss, reporter John Upton and photographer Ted Blanco chronicled the plight of this city’s residents as they struggle to deal with the impacts. Upton spent months investigating how the city is adapting, revealing vast inequity between the rich and the poor.

A driver plowed a sedan forcefully up Arizona Avenue, which had flooded to knee height during a winter storm as high tide approached. First Mammal Goes Extinct From Manmade Climate Change. We’ve reached a sad milestone: Climate change has claimed its first mammal species.

First Mammal Goes Extinct From Manmade Climate Change

Scientists have been warning us that a large percentage of species will face extinction thanks to manmade global warming, and the future is unfortunately here. Atlantic coastline sinks as sea levels rise. The 5,000 North Carolinians who call Hyde County home live in a region several hundred miles long where coastal residents are coping with severe changes that few other Americans have yet to endure.

Atlantic coastline sinks as sea levels rise

Geological changes along the East Coast are causing land to sink along the seaboard. That’s exacerbating the flood-inducing effects of sea-level rise, which has been occurring faster in the western Atlantic Ocean than elsewhere in recent years. New research using GPS and prehistoric data has shown that nearly the entire coast is affected, from Massachusetts to Florida and parts of Maine.

The study, published this month in Geophysical Research Letters, outlines a hot spot from Delaware and Maryland into northern North Carolina where the effects of groundwater pumping are compounding the sinking effects of natural processes. Say goodbye to major cities if these scientists are right about Antarctica’s collapsing ice. This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Say goodbye to major cities if these scientists are right about Antarctica’s collapsing ice

Sea levels could rise far more rapidly than expected in coming decades, according to new research that reveals Antarctica’s vast ice cap is less stable than previously thought. The U.N.’s climate science body had predicted up to a meter of sea-level rise this century — but it did not anticipate any significant contribution from Antarctica, where increasing snowfall was expected to keep the ice sheet in balance. Climate Change. Greenland might be contributing more to sea level rise than we thought. Documentaire. « Sylt à perte de vue », un combat acharné contre la mer. Maps show how sea-level rise could swallow global icons.

Long-term sea-level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world.

Maps show how sea-level rise could swallow global icons

Here we present paired images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban, and New York — could fare under scenarios of business as usual vs. a sharp transition to clean energy. Consommer toutes les énergies fossiles de la planète ferait disparaitre l'Antarctique. Sea levels are rising and they’re not going to stop, says NASA. Global sea levels have risen by an average of three inches since 1992, the result of warming ocean temperatures and melting ice sheets and glaciers, according to new data released by a NASA panel yesterday.

Sea levels are rising and they’re not going to stop, says NASA

And the data suggest that we can look forward to a lot more sea level rise down the line. Reuters reports: In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century. Sea level “jumps” 5 inches. Probably nothing to worry about. Climate change is a disaster in slow-motion: The global temperature creeps up by fractions-of-a-degree each year, the seas rise inches every decade.

Sea level “jumps” 5 inches. Probably nothing to worry about

Except, apparently, when they do much more. Exhibit A: In just two years, 2009 and 2010, sea levels along the Atlantic coast north of New York City jumped up by more than 5 inches, according to a paper published this week in the journal Nature Communications. Grandes marées : la France n'est pas prête. Les grandes marées aux coefficients exceptionnels (jusqu’à 119 sur une échelle de 120) vont toucher le littoral français jusqu’à fin mars.

Grandes marées : la France n'est pas prête

Conjonction entre marée haute, houle, vent fort... Ces évènements rappellent notre vulnérabilité face à l’inexorable montée du niveau des océans. Face à ces menaces qui augmentent, France Nature Environnement déplore que les éternelles solutions à court terme (bétonnage, rechargement de plage…) soient préférées à une politique de prévention durable des risques. L’inévitable érosion du littoral Selon le GIEC[1], les niveaux des mers augmenteront jusqu’à un mètre d’ici 2100 et les phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes seront de plus en plus intenses, fréquents et longs.

Bétonnage : les pansements ne tiendront pas longtemps Boudins gonflables anti submersion, barrages géants, les grandes marées de ces dernières semaines ont donné le coup d’envoi à " la débrouillardise " qui souligne notre impréparation aux phénomènes de submersion marine. Voici à quoi ressemblerait la Terre si toutes les glaces du globe fondaient. What Earth would look like if the ice melted - Business Insider. Good news and bad news about rising seas. Good news! Research published this week in the journal Nature finds that the seas did not rise as much during the last century as scientists previously thought. Here’s Justin Gillis with the New York Times: Instead of rising about six inches over the course of the 20th century, as previous research suggested, the sea actually rose by approximately five inches, the team from Harvard and Rutgers Universities found. The difference turns out to be an immense amount of water: on the order of two quadrillion gallons, or enough to fill three billion Olympic-size swimming pools.

Bad news! Here’s what your city will look like when the ice sheets melt. Seattle mapmaker and urban planner Jeffrey Linn loves cities. “I spend a lot of time thinking about cities and how people fit into them,” he writes on his website. Seas are rising in weird, new ways. Here’s a fun fact about “sea-level rise”: The seas aren’t actually level to begin with. Because of predictable, long-term patterns in climate, global winds push more water into some oceans than others. This leaves the seven seas (not really a thing) divided into six “basins” (actually a thing). Watch this adorable climate scientist explain sea-level rise with a gin & tonic.

Sea-level rise is already eating our coasts. Climate change is washing WWII soldiers from their graves. Six decades ago last week, over a million allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy. Hundreds of thousands gave their lives on both sides of that lone battlefield, one of many in the largest and costliest conflict in human history. Millions would fight and die, some on the side of right, others caught up in the gears of a terrible, fascist and racist machine, still others caught between.

Climate change is flooding out American coastlines. Hurricane Arthur is no more than a holiday-dampening memory in the minds of many East Coast residents and visitors. But the 4.5-foot storm surge it produced along parts of North Carolina’s shoreline on July 4 was a reminder that such tempests don’t need to tear houses apart to cause damage. As seas rise, shoreline development continues, and shoreline ecosystems are destroyed, the hazards posed by storm surges from hurricanes are growing more severe along the Gulf Coast and East Coast.

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? Dreading water: Should coastal communities bear the cost of future floods? EI_EcoPictures : Borrowed Time on Disappearing... RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water. RODANTHE — Coastal geologist Stan Riggs, who tracks the ups and downs of North Carolina’s shoreline, needed a bullhorn to make himself heard above a roaring nor’easter that had toyed with the Outer Banks for two days. He climbed down from the ridge of a DOT-built dune narrowly separating N.C. 12 from the boisterous Atlantic Ocean. Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing too quickly for mappers to keep up.

Twenty-five years ago, miles of marshy land and grasses separated the small fishing outpost of Buras, La., from the Gulf of Mexico. But years of erosion — along with the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — have washed away much of that barrier. Today, the islands, inlets, and bays that once defined the coastline of Plaquemines Parish have begun to melt together. Like all coasts, the land around the Mississippi River is constantly evolving. Rising sea levels will drown your Western art history course. (2) Twitter. How high will sea levels rise? Let’s ask the experts. Sea-level rise could prove to be one of the most far-reaching effects of global warming.

Coastal regions may have to spend billions on defenses. Can we stop the seas from rising? Yes, but less than you think. We can hold back some of the tide, but not all of it. Climate Change to Erase an Estimated 11,000 Islands Off the Face of the Earth. Quels sont les pays les plus vulnérables au changement climatique ? La montée des eaux vue par ceux qu'elle menace - Dérèglement climatique. There Once Was an Island (Te Henua e Noho) Les Etats insulaires du Pacifique dénoncent les pays pollueurs. Island biodiversity in danger of total submersion with climate change.

La montée des eaux menacerait 1/4 de la population > Environnement. Climate change may force evacuation of vunerable island states within a decade. Photos - Le Salvador sera t-il englouti par l'océan ? 2012: A year of broken climate records. We are consigning hundreds of coastal cities to destruction. Who cares?

Un moyen de protéger les côtes et les rives ?

Seas may rise 10 yards during centuries ahead. Climate change compensation emerges as major issue at Doha talks.