Newsletter Spring 2017 (Atlantic Edition). Every city in Atlantic Canada owes their existence to the sea: many border it; they are now threatened by it. Global warming is causing the oceans to heat up and expand and the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps to melt. Relative sea levels are now rising. In January this year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States which revealed that sea levels were rising at a much greater rate than hitherto thought. Instead of a 0.75 metre rise by 2100 they calculate the maximum global mean sea level rise at 2.5 metres. By 2040 the probability of disruptive/damaging flooding will increase 25 fold: five year flooding events will instead occur five times per year. Some of the region’s downtowns will become unusable unless flood mitigation solutions are adopted.
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