Sea Level Rise

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Inland Properties Can Go Underwater First

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.17.2017


Read the entire post at John Englander.    Most assume that properties right on the coast are most vulnerable to rising sea level, but in many places, those much further inland will flood first. Properties right on the shore are often more than ten feet (3 meters) above sea level and might be safe for many decades. […]


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Property Values Will Go “Underwater” Before Going Under Water

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.05.2017


Read the entire article at John Englander.   How long before a particular coastal area goes ‘underwater’ is a question I get asked all the time.  I like to explain that there are essentially three ways that property will go underwater: temporarily, permanently, or figuratively in anticipation of actual flooding. The temporary flooding is most dramatic, like the typical […]


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When Rising Seas Transform Risk into Certainty

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.01.2017


When Elisa Staton found a small house a block from the water in Larchmont-Edgewater in 2005, she was thinking of the neighborhood’s grand trees and Tudor-style houses, of the elementary school she hoped to send her kids to, once she had them. She wasn’t thinking much about flooding, though she knew the house was in […]


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One Silver Lining to Sea Level Rise

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.19.2017


This is the one silver lining of our predicament: If we get adaptation right, we’ll not only preserve our cities – we’ll upgrade them. Global-­warming denialists, including, at times, the new US president, claim that climate change isn’t happening. This is abject nonsense – ask anyone who lives near an ocean. They’re all dealing with […]


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Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.10.2017


Rushing to catch up after decades of stagnation, China built a gargantuan collection of cities the size of nations with barely a pause to consider their toll on the environment, much less the future impact of global warming. Today, the region is a goliath of industry with a population exceeding 42 million.   But while […]


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