Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rising sea levels caused by climate change could displace 13.1 million in U.S. by 2100, says study

Rising sea levels, due to climate change, could lead millions of U.S. residents to migrate away from areas near oceans, says a study by a University of Georgia researcher published in the journal of Nature Climate Change. Mathew Hauer, author of the study and head of the Applied Demography program at the University of Georgia, said even landlocked states "could see could see significant increases in population because of coastal migration by 2100," Tom James reports for Reuters.

In January the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "predicted a 1-to-8-foot (0.3-2.5 meter) increase in sea levels by the year 2100," James writes. "Previous research by Hauer and others has put the number of Americans displaced by rising seas over the same period as high as 13.1 million."

Hauer "found that Nevada's Clark County, home to Las Vegas, is projected to see an influx of up to 117,000 climate migrants by the end of the century, and nearly every county in Wyoming is predicted to see some increase, as are many counties in western Montana, central Colorado and northern Utah," notes James. (Study graphic of estimated net migration by county because of rising sea levels)

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