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Alan H. Lockwood, M.D.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034876

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034876.001.0001

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Sea Level Rise and Environmental Refugees

Sea Level Rise and Environmental Refugees

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(p.95) 6 Sea Level Rise and Environmental Refugees
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Heat Advisory
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Alan H. Lockwood

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034876.003.0006

Sea levels are rising as a result of thermal expansion of oceanic water and the melting of the ice that covers Greenland and in glaciers all over the world. This added to the effect of storm surges that are likely to be higher as storm intensity increases poses threats to coastal cities around the world. Lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and Typhoon Bhola, which killed around 500,000, are two of the most important disasters of the past century. Business-as-usual emissions will worsen these effects.

Keywords:   Sea Level, Storm surge, Environmental Refugee, Superstorm Sandy, Coastal flooding

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