As we pause to consider those we have lost from Hurricane Sandy and focus on the immediate recovery efforts for those who have lost their homes, power, water and other life sustaining necessities, we are reminded of the real and devastating effect that are being caused by rising sea levels.
While the superstorm is an extremely rare event that cannot be directly blamed on climate change, our warming oceans are creating the latent potential for more frequent and more powerful storms. When powerful storms combine with increased sea level rise and intense coastal development, they provide the ingredients for massive destruction, loss of life and major economic losses.
When the storm calms and it’s time to clean up and rebuild, the Surfrider Foundation urges leaders to resist the urge to proclaim that we will build it all back but instead pause to consider our future with a warming ocean and increased sea level rise and plan for a coast of the future that is resilient to future weather events.
For more information: http://www.beachapedia.org/Sea_Level_Rise
You can also see Surfrider Foundation quotes in the press:
- After Superstorm Sandy Batters Jersey Shore, State Agonizes Over Decision To Rebuild; November 1, 2012 (Huffington Post)
- Resisted for Blocking the View, Dunes Prove They Blunt Storms; December 3, 2012 (NY Times)