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Monday, March 10, 2014

Elevation Zero: South Florida Prepares For Rising Sea Level

Buildings are seen near the ocean in North Miami, Florida, in March 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Buildings are seen near the ocean in North Miami, Florida, in March 2012. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This week we’re going to hear about the consequences of rising sea levels in South Florida through a series of reports from Here & Now contributing station WLRN in Miami.

Miami, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, is the world’s most threatened coastal city when it comes to sea level rise. Its economy, infrastructure — just about everything is vulnerable.

Climate scientists largely agree that sea levels are rising and will continue to rise. But by how much? Reporter Kenny Malone set out with a simple question: In the year 2100, how high will the sea level have risen? He found that there was no simple answer.

WLRN special correspondent Tom Hudson oversaw the station’s extensive coverage of sea level rise, and speaks to Here & Now’s Robin Young about the economic implications, especially on Miami’s real estate market, and what the region is doing to prepare.

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