Climate Change Grinds Away New England Coasts

Arctic native peoples have  watched bigger, more intense storms, a predicted effect of global warming, grind away at their coastlines in past years – and now US voters can, too, with the latest snowquester storm, which brought heavy snowfall, high winds and caused coastal flooding in Delaware, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, where coastal homes were reportedly lost, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. The storm moved slowly, allowing  high tide cycles to contribute to severe beach erosion and coastal flooding, due to a prolonged stretch of gale-force onshore winds and high seas on the order of 25 to 30 feet. Damage from a February blizzard, combined with this extended storm, is heightening coastal flooding and beach erosion concerns. Higher sea levels provide a higher launching pad for storm surges. Because of sea level rise due to warming ocean temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and sinking land masses, along with other factors, coastal storms such as this one are already more damaging than they used to be just a few decades ago, a trend predicted to continue, conclude scientists.

 

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

Source

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/snowquester-snow-storm-spares-d.c.-pounds-coast-with-wind-water-coastal-flooding-15699

also: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/storm-that-would-not-end-takes-its-toll-on-New-England-with-coastal-flooding-15711

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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