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New study finds worst-case global sea level rise projections will occur unless immediate action is taken. Kazi Salahuddin Razu / NurPhoto / Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

A new study from Australian and Chinese researchers adds weight to scientists' warnings from recent United Nations reports about how sea levels are expected to rise dangerously in the coming decades because of human activity that's driving global heating.

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Flooding in Washington, DC in 2018. Bill Chizek / iStock / Getty Images Plus

George Washington lived much of his life near the Potomac River – from his birthplace in Colonial Beach, Virginia, to his estate at Mount Vernon. And he chose where along the river's banks the young nation would build its capital city.

But as the climate warms, this historic river poses a flooding risk to nearby landmarks.

Steve Walz is director of environmental programs at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

He says increasingly intense rainstorms upstream can cause the river to overflow.

And when a hurricane hits the Eastern Seaboard, there is a risk of coastal flooding from storm surges coming up the river.

"And as the river narrows, the water levels get even higher in our region than in some of the coastal regions along the Atlantic," Walz says.

Even without extreme weather, sea levels are rising and pushing the river closer to flood stage.

Walz says that parts of the National Mall, the Old Town neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway already have flooding problems, and they're likely to get worse.

"So there's a broad range of infrastructure and other treasures here in the Washington region that can be at risk," he says.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy / ChavoBart Digital Media.

Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.

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Nuclear power is a source of low-carbon electricity, but producing it creates dangerous radioactive waste that needs to be stored safely and permanently.

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Saltwater wetlands face functional extinction without a coordinated effort to save them. TahirAbbas / Getty Images

By Jeff Peterson

America's coastal saltwater wetlands are on a course toward functional extinction in the coming decades. Their demise will come at the hands of steadily accelerating sea-level rise and relentless coastal development. As these wetlands disappear, they will take with them habitat, storm buffering and carbon sequestration benefits of tremendous value.

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Amsterdam's floating neighborhood of Schoonschip is home to 105 residents who live in 46 homes on 30 water plots. Schoonschip / Isabel Nabuurs

By Victoria Masterson

  • Living on water is a reality for more than 100 people in Amsterdam's Schoonschip neighborhood.
  • It has 46 sustainable homes across 30 water plots.
  • Population density and climate change is increasing interest in alternative accommodation options, including opening up underground spaces.
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#SaveSalla is a campaign launched by a Finnish community in partnership with the youth climate movement Fridays for Future. www.savesalla.org

By Jessica Corbett

With temperatures across the globe — and particularly in the Arctic — rising due to lackluster efforts to address the human-caused climate crisis, one of the coldest towns on Earth is throwing its hat in the ring to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

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Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland on Oct. 13, 2020. Climate change is having a profound effect with glaciers and the Greenland ice cap retreating. Ulrik Pedersen / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Earth's ice is melting 57 percent faster than in the 1990s and the world has lost more than 28 trillion tons of ice since 1994, research published Monday in The Cryosphere shows.

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The western edge of the Greenland ice sheet in West Greenland as seen from the air. Ashley Cooper / Getty Images

As the world's ice sheets melt at an increasing rate, researchers are looking for explanations beyond just a hotter climate. A recent study found one answer may lie in the dust.

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Melting ice forms a lake on free-floating ice jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on July 30, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

A first-of-its-kind study has examined the satellite record to see how the climate crisis is impacting all of the planet's ice.

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The moon over the Svalbard Islands, Norway, and the Arctic Ocean, where a study has linked tidal rhythms to methane release. MB Photography / Moment / Getty Images

The moon helps to control the release of methane from the Arctic Ocean.

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Officials in the Marshall Islands blamed climate change for severe flooding in the capital of Majuro on March 3, 2014, leaving 1,000 people homeless. Giff Johnson / AFP / Getty Images

By Autumn Bordner and Caroline E. Ferguson

Along U.S. coastlines, from California to Florida, residents are getting increasingly accustomed to "king tides." These extra-high tides cause flooding and wreak havoc on affected communities. As climate change raises sea levels, they are becoming more extreme.

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Environmental activists protest during the UN Climate Action Summit, aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement, on Sept. 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images

By Morgan Bazilian and Dolf Gielen

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement – the commitment by almost every country to try to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.

It's an ambitious goal, and the clock is ticking.

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