Face reality, take action.🕊️+ Your Authors @ClimateBen Ben See. Literature Teacher informing pupils of the scientific reality of the Ecological Catastrophe & urging action. See also @urgenceclimatiq & @ClimateHound Aug. 28, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Sea level rise is accelerating. It will destroy coastal communities & ecosystems, wipe out habitat, and double flooding frequency across the globe, with catastrophic consequences by 2029.


SLR of 5–10 cm: more than double the frequency of extreme water-level events in the Tropics as early as 2030.

Significant increase in flooding frequency will further challenge the very existence and sustainability of coastal communities across the globe.

Indonesia will lose 2,000 of its islands by 2029 due to sea level rise.


Low lying Islands:

'the tipping point, at which point potable groundwater on most of the atoll islands will be unavailable, is projected to be reached by no later than the 2030s'

'annual flooding will result in the islands becoming uninhabitable'

New research shows 75 percent of the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Central Florida will be highly vulnerable to erosion and inundation from rising tides by 2030, negatively impacting many coastal species' nesting habitats.  https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uocf-usa042619.php 

Ecosystems are already declining:

Wildlife severely threatened:

Habitat loss from sea-level rise for shorebird populations:

From 2013: 'we could witness dramatic collapses of population...within a few decades.'

'we project major intertidal habitat loss '

Moderate coastal flooding will become 25 times more likely with a 14-inch rise in the seas. That level could come anytime from 2030...

It would mean that a flood that now comes once every five years would be expected five times a year.

Predicting the Risk of Species Extinctions Due to Sea-Level Rise in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Rocky Reef habitats;

Higher sea levels are coinciding with more dangerous hurricanes and typhoons that move more slowly and drop more rain, contributing to more powerful storm surges that can strip away everything in their path.


One study found that between 1963 and 2012, almost half of all deaths from Atlantic hurricanes were caused by storm surges. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/ 

As always, NYT is keen on the idea of making money out of deadly abrupt climate change.



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