SEA LEVEL RISE
Sea-level Rise Rates More Than Double Along Part of U.S. East Coast
Melting glacial ice and warming oceans are the biggest causes of this change
YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS – Sea levels are creeping up along the Atlantic coast – from rocky New England shores to sandy Southeastern beaches. And as the climate warms, they’re rising at an increasingly fast pace.
Jennifer Walker of Rutgers University recently studied the rate and causes of sea-level rise at six sites between Connecticut and North Carolina.
“We found that at all of these sites, sea-level has been rising over the past 2,000 years,” she says. “But then in the last century, in the 20th century, the rates are now more than double that of the average over the last 2,000 years” …