If sea level rise is unstoppable, the easiest solution might be to abandon coastal cities like New York, Miami, and Boston, Marlo Lewis of the fossil fuel-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute told U.S. National Public Radio a couple of weeks ago. “The built environment from the studies I’ve seen, most building stock turns over in about 50 years,” he told on-air host Tom Ashbrook. “So the markets adapt to this sort of phenomenon anyway.” According to a published study in Nature Climate Change, climate adaptation for coastal cities could cost up to $50 billion per year world-wide, “much more expensive,” Media Matters notes, “than simply preventing the worst damage from happening in the first place.” (h/t to Susan Stone)
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