A new federal report warns that the US sea level will rise by a foot by 2050, due to the climate crisis.

By 2050, moderate flooding, typically disruptive and harmful by today’ s weather, sea level, and infrastructure standards, is expected to occur at more than 10 times the rate today, said Nicole LeBoeuf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which co-authored the report.

Certain communities are going to bear the brunt of this increasing flood, with risks increasing through poor housing, poor flood control, and a population shift that is causing more of us to move to low-lying areas like Florida, which are vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Above 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit (three degrees Celsius) warming could mean a much higher level of sea level rise owing to the potential for a swift melting of ice sheeting in Greenland and Antarctica, but the exact value is difficult to determine according to current model limitations.

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