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Antarctic Ice Melt and US Coastal Flooding

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Climate Central CEO and chief scientist Ben Strauss went on air with Hari Sreenivasen of PBS NewsHour to talk through a new study on Antarctic ice melt and what that may mean for coastal cities in the U.S. — particularly on the East Coast. “South Florida is severely at risk because their bedrock is porous. So even if you built levees or protected walls, water would push underneath them come up through the ground. So there are really high stakes here.” Watch on PBS NewsHour.

Antarctica, a continent of snow and ice, is now losing ice three times faster than it was in 2007. In a new study published last week in the journal Nature, more than 80 scientists from multiple countries use satellite data to examine the Antarctic’s vast ice sheets, and their prediction is that if the current rate of ice melt continues, sea levels could rise six inches by the year 2100.

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Source: Climate Central