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Boston faces a daunting future of rising seas
Boston got a wake-up call earlier this year when the first of a string of nor’easter storms hit just as the tide was peaking. The ocean spilled into the subway and into homes up and down the coast.
The Union of Concerned Scientists projects that by the end of the century, Boston will see close to 7 feet of sea level rise, putting 89,000 Massachusetts coastal homes worth $63 billion at risk from tidal floods.
Boston Harbor is subject to tides that rise as much as 12 feet, and most of its original tidal flats, which helped disperse and soften the effects of those tides, were filled in by the late 1800s. In the US, most tidal ranges are about 3 to 5 feet, so Boston is a bit unusual.
A couple of centuries ago, having these high tides come in and out was kind of a good thing: Like many cities, Boston struggled in the 19th century with all the sewage that was dumped into its waterways. The tides flushed much of that waste out of the harbor…
Japan weather bureau sees 60 percent chance of El Niño emerging in autumn
Japan’s weather bureau said on Friday there is a 60 percent chance that an El Niño weather pattern could emerge during the northern hemisphere autumn, from September to November.
The Japan Meteorological Agency also said there was a 70 percent chance of normal weather patterns during the summer season, without either a La Niña or El Niño.
A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that the El Niño weather pattern had a 60 percent chance of emerging during autumn, with the chances increasing to 70 percent during the subsequent winter…