It may not seem like a big deal if you live safely inland, but rising sea levels are threatening to small island nations and areas below or at sea level. Rising sea levels threaten to displace entire populations of people. For example, according to a New York Times story about the Pacific ocean nation of Tuvalu, “Sometime in the next 50 years, if rising sea-level predictions prove accurate, the entire 11,800-strong population will have to be evacuated.”
Much of the world’s population lives on a coast, making ocean level rises a very dangerous scenario. This may not only threaten homes but also roads, businesses, bridges, and levees. Another consideration is the services that are often placed on the coastline at low elevation, such as water and wastewater treatment and garbage and recycling venues which need protection from flooding. More than half of the US population already lives on a coast, including major cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and San Diego. Rapid sea level rise is also destructive to the coastal ecosystems and will cause beach erosion, island inundationa nd the disappearance of coral reefs.
Sea level rising will cause tsunamis. Tsunamis are very, very awful
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