The Global Eco-Crisis: Is it too late?

“Cities in the hotspot, like NorfolkNew York and Boston already experience damaging floods during relatively low-intensity storms,” lead researcher Asbury Sallenger with the USGS said in a statement. “Ongoing accelerated sea-level rise in the hotspot will make coastal cities and surrounding areas increasingly vulnerable to flooding by adding to the height that storm surge and breaking waves reach on the coast.”

Sea-level rise is primarily driven by two factors. Melting ice, from mountain glaciers to ice sheets, is an important contributor. Ultimately, the ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica are expected to make massive contributions. Warmth also causes water to take up more space, a phenomenon called thermal expansion. [Stunning Photos of Antarctic Ice]

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