Sea Level Rise: A Slow-Motion Disaster

By Andrew Satter and Kiley Kroh

The following was originally posted by the Center for American Progress.

Sea-level rise is a slow-moving threat that presents a tremendous risk to some of America’s most populous cities. The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Virginia, a city on the front lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water. One thing is clear: Doing nothing is not an option.

For more on Norfolk’s battle against sea-level rise, see “One Community’s Fight to Save Itself from Climate Change.”


  1. P Buddery
    On a hill near the sea
    October 22, 2013, 7:01 am

    Climate change is real. Sea level rises are real. The quicker we start to fix the problem, the less long-term damage there will be.

    My long-term solution? Based on my own prejudices (of course) I think we should all work 4 or even 3 days a week and we should buy a lot less stuff and own it for longer. Advantages would be less energy used in commuting, manufacturing and distribution. I am sure that many people would like 4-day weekends, and would adapt reasonably to a life with less bits and pieces.

    And we should plant more trees and other green carbon-sinks. And spend more time sitting under them.

    The problem is that a lot of billionaires, companies, and even the advertising industry would lose profits when the population bought less stuff, and thus buying less would be strongly discouraged.

  2. Bill Achenbach
    Cedar Falls. Ia
    October 21, 2013, 4:41 pm

    slow is not the word for it! I graduated from High School in 1960 and was told that in twenty years that most of New York would be under water. California would have large parts of the state in the ocean. In the early 70”s was told were entering a Ice age. One thing for sure is you are masters of scaring people to keep you employed!

  3. William Eugene Malley
    October 8, 2013, 9:46 pm

    Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to know how to solve our carbon dioxide overloading, and you can’t seem to get anyone to pay attention?
    Not only do I know how to solve the carbon dioxide problem, but at the same time we could roll the health of the oceans back 100 years. You could be responsible for saving the lives of millions of starving children.

    I’ve written a small book entitled ; “HYDRO PLOWING THE OCEAN.” I sent out hundreds of e-mails to public officials, with absolutely no response. I’m beginning to think that our public officials don’t care about carbon dioxide overloading, or they have political agendas that needs it to continue.

    I’m desperately hoping that you can help. The link below will take you to my web site, please, please, please, take a few minutes to have a look.You could be responsible for starting a positive revolution. You could help bring the ocean back, and slow global warming.

    If you can’t help, please forward this comment if to anyone you think might be able to.

    Sincerely; William Eugene Malley