MIAMI — A new assessment of polar ice melt could mean bad news for South Florida: higher sea rise than previously thought.

Based on new evidence, the Arctic Council — a cooperative effort among eight nations to monitor climate change — concluded that the Arctic warmed faster between 2011 and 2015 than any time on record, with glaciers and sea ice melting faster than expected. That means a United Nations estimate for sea rise, considered among the most conservative, could be off by as much as 10 inches.

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2 thoughts on “The Arctic is melting — and South Florida faces more flooding

  1. Important news for the east coast of the U.S. where real estate is selling well even though sea-level rise there is expected to be well above global average.

    • Problematic investments, obviously. There are coastal cities and towns in Florida that are spending millions of $’s to raise the elevation of their municipal infrastructures (roads, rail, pipes, cables, etc.) in response to increasing tidal flooding. One mayor said in a documentary that he hated to raise taxes but had no other choice, and admitted that the project would only buy them about 50 years of protection.

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