East Coast Sea Levels Rising Faster Than Rest of World, Gov’t Study Shows | Talking Points Memo

A new U.S. Geological Survey report published Sunday says that rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along parts of the U.S. east coast than they are globally.“Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to north of Boston, Mass. — coined a “hotspot” by scientists — has increased 2 – 3.7 millimeters per year; the global increase over the same period was 0.6 – 1.0 millimeter per year,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a news release. “Based on data and analyses included in the report, if global temperatures continue to rise, rates of sea level rise in this area are expected to continue increasing.”

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