Nov 01, 2019

How Sea Level Rise Will Destroy Coastal Cities By 2050 Featured

A new Climate Central research report released this week finds hundreds of millions more people than previously known live on land at risk from coastal flooding linked to climate change. The largest vulnerable populations are most heavily in Asia.
I ran a feature several years ago about billionaires already preparing for coastal flooding by purchasing mass amounts of farmland and inland properties to avoid this scenario. According to The Land Report, over 100 wealthy families own 42 million acres of land across the U.S. Each of the 20 individuals and families that own the most land hold over a half-million acres each. Among them: John Malone, Ted Turner, Stan Kroenke, Brad Kelley, and Subway founder Peter Buck, with many more new acquisitions happening this year.

By 2050, sea-level rise will push average annual coastal floods higher than land now home to 300 million people, according to a study published in Nature Communications. High tides could permanently rise above land occupied by over 150 million people, including 30 million in China. Without advanced coastal defense and planning, populations in these areas may face permanent flooding within 30 years.

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