As the November 7 climate change summit at the United Nations gets underway, experts on the impact of climate change and additional risk associated with hurricanes have warned that 2100 is the deadline set by the 195-nation Paris Agreement, which seeks to prevent dangerous climate change.
A new UN-backed study warns that global warming has sped up to a rate of more than 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial times — and that the dangerous tipping point, the point where warming tops 2 degrees Celsius, is fast approaching.
Global sea levels are rising at a rate of 20 millimeters per year, placing a strain on coastal infrastructure and shrinking valuable harbors and waterfront communities.
Storm surges have increased up to nine inches on some Atlantic Coast states in recent years. “As the ocean rises, so do damages from hurricane and storm damage,” said the Climate and Resilience Center’s Sabrina Sabbagh, adding that people have a vested interest in saving the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
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