What are now considered once-in-a-hundred-years floods are on the increase in the US. Later this century, they could happen to northern coastal states every year. And even in the more fortunate cities along the south-east Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico coasts, the once-in-a-century floods will happen a lot more often: somewhere between every 30 years and every year. In a second study, a team of distinguished scientists argues that the US should face the inevitable and begin to plan for a managed, strategic retreat from its own coasts. At the heart of both studies is a set of new realities imposed by a rapidly-heating ocean and higher air temperatures worldwide. As the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica melt, and as the glaciers of Canada and Alaska retreat, so sea levels have begun to rise inexorably.
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Submerged seaweed could become the UK’s newest carbon sink under a new pioneering new scheme launched today by WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue and Swansea University. Seagrass is a flowering marine plant that often grows in large underwater meadows, and traps carbon from the atmosphere 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. Globally, it accounts for ten per cent of annual ocean carbon storage, despite occupying only 0.2 per cent of the seafloor.
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