Boston climate change report paints dire portrait of 50-year forecast


From The Boston Herald:

“A major flood could affect more than 90,000 Bostonians and 12,000 buildings, causing $14 billion in damages, within 50 years if officials do not take significant action, according to a city climate change report released today.

The report suggests steps including mile-long gates in Boston Harbor and more water-absorbing “green infrastructure,” a tax on property owners for stormwater absortion, creating “assessment districts” for areas that need large-scale resilience help and taxing properties that benefit from such assistance.

The 400-page Climate Ready Boston report evaluates the projected effects of climate change across the city, focusing on temperature increase, flooding and sea level rise.

Between now and 2050, the sea level is expected to rise nine inches even if greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced. A 21-inch rise is expected in the second half of the century even with reduced emissions.”


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