ROTARY CLUB #27108 CHARTERED APRIL 15, 1990
Global sea level is currently rising at an average rate of about an inch and a half per decade, and this rate is accelerating by about 3%. This is due to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting of ice sheets, both the result of a warming globe. Norfolk, Miami, Boston and Annapolis are already dealing with an increased frequency in the flooding of low-lying areas. Projections for the end of the century range anywhere from two feet, if we make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, to five feet if we do nothing. It is critical that we anticipate these projections by making corresponding plans for a resilient coastal infrastructure.
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