Climate Change: $5.3 Billion Worth of Sea Walls Needed to Protect Bay Area
|Come 2151, little sea-walls like this one at The Embarcadero simply won't do|
The report, "Thirsty for Answers Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities," says that rising Bay Area sea levels will require 640 miles of such bulwarks.
Doing nothing would cause the ruin of property worth $31 to $64 billion, according to the report. By armoring the coastline, however, humans will further disrupt natural processes, causing even more harm to the environment.
|If your neigbhorhood's in pink, expect it to sink.|
In other words, a century's worth of garbage and fill that was once dumped in the bay will be undone by climate change.
Somehow it's hard not to take Mother Nature's side in this dispute.
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