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Coastal Inundation Reveals the Upside of Climate Change

(WIRED) Clive Thompson, April 6, 2017 — IN MIAMI BEACH, they call it “sunny-day flooding.” You’ll be hanging out downtown under clear blue skies—only to see, whoa, the streets slowly filling with water.

Miami Beach, Florida, is a coastal city built on porous limestone, so as climate change melts polar ice into the oceans, water is literally pushed up out of the ground. “It’s an eerie, scary, unnerving feeling, like something out of a sci-fi movie,” says Philip Levine, mayor of the city of 90,000. On days when Miami Beach actually gets a coastal storm, it can see a 2-foot flood.

So the city decided enough is enough. Levine has begun a $400 million resilience plan that calls for installing high tech drainage systems and painstakingly raising the roads several feet. “It’s not fun to go and raise people’s fees,” Levine says. But what choice do they have?

Source: Coastal Inundation Reveals the Upside of Climate Change | WIRED