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Climate One: Managed Retreat: When Climate Hits Home

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Southeastern Virginia currently experiences the fastest rate of sea level rise on the Atlantic seaboard, and that’s only projected to accelerate. On the west coast, between $8 billion and $10 billion of existing property in California is likely to be underwater by 2050, with an additional $6 billion to $10 billion at risk during high tides. Increasingly, local and regional governments are considering – and starting – buyouts of flood-prone properties. Today’s edition of Climate One asks: how will we manage the homes, farms, naval bases and infrastructure destined to go under water?