Coastal Development Exposes Billions To Swelling Seas
(Click to enlarge) Growth in coastal areas may expose more than a billion people to sea-level rise. (Credit: Barbara Willi)
While residents in Vanuatu are still battling flash floods caused by a devastating tropical cyclone last week, a study says coastal population growth may make storm threats from the sea a global crisis within a few decades.
(From Scientific American / By Coco Liu)– In a paper published recently in the journal PLOS ONE, a team of researchers from several Western institutes estimated the number of people living in low-elevation coastal zones, as well as the scale of the population at risk from one-in-100-year storm surge events, by using scenario-based projections. Read the full story »