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Report: threat of coastal flooding from Global Warming
11th November 2015 | WTNH Connecticut News
Two new reports are giving some insight into the effects of global warming. And as you can imagine the news is not good. The growing threat could cause sea levels to rise, flooding major cities across the globe. News 8 wanted to look a little deeper to see what this would mean for us here in Connecticut.

These new reports are out ahead of a United Nations meeting set to take place in France at the end of this month to discuss this very topic. The goal is to prevent coastal areas around the world from flooding. And here in Connecticut we would definitely see the impact from all of this. The big problem is the carbon emissions going into the air. There’s a great deal of science behind it all, but it’s basically warming up the atmosphere and causing ice to melt. That in turn causes sea levels to rise, which is already happening. This is bad news considering that half of the world’s population lives along coastal areas. If sea levels rose by several feet, it would force hundreds of millions of people to abandon their homes and move further inland to already populated areas. That would be the case here in our state - from Greenwich all the way to Stonington. We spoke with Professor James Tait at Southern Connecticut State University. He gave some insight into all of this. “This is something we have to live with. It’s something we have to plan for but the problem is the people use that uncertainty to say since we don’t know not get all excited about it, let’s not do anything about it and wait and see,” said Tait. Professor Tait says we are quickly reaching a tipping point. We have to reduce the amount of carbon emissions being emitted across the globe and fast to stop the melting and sea-level rise. And that will be the focus of that United Nations meeting in France.

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