NOAA says, U.S. sea level to rise by 2050 as much as in past century

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Sea levels around the United States will rise up to a foot over the next 30 years due to climate change, as much as they have risen in the previous century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) projected in a report on Tuesday.

The study forecasts that sea levels along the U.S. shoreline will rise 10-12 inches (25-30cm) on average by 2050. Sea levels will tend to be higher along the Atlantic and Gulf shores, because of greater land subsidence there, than along the Pacific coasts.

In addition to more frequent bouts of coastal inundation associated with storm surges, rising sea levels are leading to increasing episodes of flooding from high tides alone.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; additional reporting by Maria Caspani in New York; Editing by Aurora Ellis and Karishma Singh