As sea level rises, so does money spent denying it

October 10, 2014 2:36 AM

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This week, the highest tide of the year threatened to seep onto the western shore of Miami Beach. This “King” tide – a result of lunar alignment, not climate change – helps illustrate the precarious ecological situation of low-lying cities around the globe.

For Miami, it was the first exercise of the city’s recent $15 million investment in a pump system, and the beginning of what could cost the city and state $500 million to protect Miami Beach alone from climate change-induced sea level rise.

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