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Scientists project that on average, the world’s oceans will rise about 3 feet by 2100, putting low-lying areas in danger, contaminating water supplies and undermining roads, airports, port facilities and power plants. But even this dire prediction isn’t severe enough to describe what is happening on the east coast of the United States, where sea levels are rising at an even faster rate. According to a new study in the February Journal of Geophysical Research, this is because the Gulf Stream (which moves north and then east toward northern Europe and usually regulates sea levels in the region) is slowing down due to the effects of global warming.

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