Rising sea levels http://www.kplu.org en Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-level-rise-map-shows-30-wash-towns-inundated <p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The original version of this story incorrectly summarized this study as showing populations to be displaced by 2100 if current trends continue. Author Ben Strauss sent the following correction: "by 2100, we would most likely be *locked in* to such an outcome in a more distant future, time unspecified, but essentially inevitable." We have updated the story accordingly.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The warming climate is causing sea levels to rise as oceans expand, and, combined with more frequent storms, the effects could be devastating.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/1429-towns-destroyed-by-climate-change-2013-8" target="_blank">A new map shows</a> more than 1,400 towns in the U.S., 30 in Washington state, where half the population will be displaced &nbsp;if current trends continue through<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the end of this century</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:05:43 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9639 at http://www.kplu.org Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated Study: 17,500 NW homes may sink under rising seas http://www.kplu.org/post/study-17500-nw-homes-may-sink-under-rising-seas <p>Thousands of homes in Washington and Oregon could be inundated by rising seas caused by global warming over the next century, according to research by the non-profit<a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/"> Climate Central </a>and the University of Arizona.</p><p>By calculating how many Americans live less than 1 meter above the high tide line, the researchers found 10,500 homes in Washington and 7000 in Oregon that would be flooded by rising seas.</p><p>The biggest concentrations of vulnerable homes are in Seattle, and Warrenton and Seaside, Ore.</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:23:51 +0000 Tom Banse 4459 at http://www.kplu.org Study: 17,500 NW homes may sink under rising seas