The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a new report warning that rising sea levels from global warming could increase flooding during high tides on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States — potentially tripling flood events in 15 years and inundating coastal communities with a ten-fold increase in 30 years. The study, ominously titled “Encroaching Tides,” analyzed 52 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tide gauges in Atlantic and Gulf cities stretching from Portland, Maine to Freeport, Texas. The study projects that by 2030, more than half of the 52 communities will experience, on average, at least 24 tidal floods per year and by 2045, most of the towns would see at least 48 floods at high tide each year. At least nine of those communities are expected to experience a whopping 240 tidal floods per year in 30 years, when sea levels are expected to rise at least one foot.
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