Friday, August 19, 2016

Sea level rise may put millions of U.S. coastal homes underwater by 21 century

Storm surges and higher tidal flows caused by climate change could gobble almost 1.9 million houses in hundreds of cities, according to a report by the real estate company Zillow. In total, homeowners could lose some $882 billion by 2100.
Florida would suffer the largest losses under the business-as-usual scenario, according to the report. Sea level rise would take one in eight Florida homes, accounting for nearly half of the lost housing value nationwide. In Hawaii, about one in 10 houses are at risk, particularly in Honolulu.
The new report is based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maps showing which coastal areas will be underwater with a projected sea level rise of six feet. Read more at