Sea level rise poses huge threat raising urgency of liability cases
By Dana Drugmand
As fossil fuel companies try to fend off climate liability lawsuits from coastal California communities, a recent study revealed some alarming flood projections for the San Francisco Bay Area, bolstering the communities’ argument that rising seas pose imminent harm.
The study looked at land subsidence, or land that is sinking, which exacerbates flooding risk as sea levels rise.
Previous flood hazard maps underestimated the land area at risk by up to 90 percent, researchers found, because they were based only on sea level rise projections.
Taking the sinking land into account adds to the urgency, and projected costs, of adaptation.
Cairns Airport at risk
“As sea levels rise and subsidence increases, and possibly groundwater increases, we have a perfect storm of very significant challenges and problems,” said Diana Sokolove, senior planner for the San Francisco…
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