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Rising Sea Levels Could Send ‘Climate Migrants’ to Inland Cities in US

Source: Phys.org/Alan Flurry - April 18, 2017 in Politics

Rising Sea Levels Could Send ‘Climate Migrants’ to Inland Cities in US
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When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, cities inland saw an influx of evacuees escaping the storm and its aftermath. Now, a new University of Georgia study predicts that this could happen again as a result of sea-level rise.

In a paper published today in Nature Climate Change, researchers estimate that approximately 13.1 million people could be displaced by rising ocean waters, with Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix as top destinations for those forced to relocate.

The study is the first attempt to model the of millions of potentially displaced migrants from heavily populated coastal communities.

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