Rising Seas Could Force 13 Million Americans to Move


According to the 2010 U.S. Census and other government agency estimates, almost 40 percent of Americans live in counties along a coastline. Economic opportunities in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, along with many citizens’ desires to live in a warm Southern climate, could see that proportion increase by another 8 percent by the end of this decade. About half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a shoreline, and why wouldn’t that be the case? The coasts are integral to commerce, recreation and, for millions, an incredible quality of life.

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