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KHNL: Rising sea levels threaten nearly 1 in 10 Hawaii homes, study finds

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Some 37,000 Hawaii homes could be underwater by 2100 if global sea levels rise by six feet, as expected if the world doesn’t make drastic changes to lower carb

Source: KHNL: Rising sea levels threaten nearly 1 in 10 Hawaii homes, study finds (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=bBZxZcvf).

Accessed on 04 August 2016, 14:55 hrs, UTC.

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According to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Real Estate website Zillow, approximately 37,000 Hawaii homes could be underwater by the year 2100 if global projections of ocean level rise come true.  Scientists now believe a sea level rise of 6 feet/1.82 meters is inevitable if the world community “doesn’t make drastic changes to our carbon emissions.”

If this projected housing loss happens, at least one in ten Hawaii homes will be lost to tidal surges and flooding, with losses approaching $25 billion. Nationwide, the losses could total over 1.9 million homes. The chart attached to this report is sobering from an economic and social standpoint.  Perhaps one should redefine ocean front property before disaster strikes.  The effects of sea level rise are already apparent in Hawaii, with beach front properties being eroded by the ocean and the bleaching of our coral reefs from warming waters.


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