click to enlarge Dustin Waters file photo White Point Garden following massive flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 A new study chronicles the effects of climate change and rising seas on U.S. coastal properties, and the results are not looking pretty for South Carolina. According to findings released by the Union of Concerned Scientists on Monday, some 8,715 South Carolinians will live in homes at risk of “chronic inundation,” or flooding at least 26 times in one year, in just 12 years based on the highest sea level rise projections. By 2045, the number of people at risk in the Palmetto State jumps to 23,825. By 2100, over 186,000 people will live in these properties. The study was conducted using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the real estate website Zillow. The worst-case scenario assumes “rapid ice sheet loss” and projects a global sea level rise of 6.6 feet by the end of the century — more than double the amount of water Charleston is preparing for in the Battery’s latest renovation plans. “The high scenario is considered most applicable in situations with a low tolerance… Read full this story
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