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Coastal Areas Threatened by Climate Change

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Like most areas in Chesapeake Bay, Wye Island suffers from the scourge of erosion as waves beat against the shoreline (Photo courtesy NOAA).


Climate changes in this century may cause coastal erosion, coral reef die offs, and other serious impacts on U.S. coastal and marine resources, concludes a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration´s National Ocean Service. The report was released Friday, the last full day of the outgoing Clinton administration.


The report highlights key issues of climate change - shoreline erosion and human communities, threats to estuarine health, coastal wetland survival, coral reef die offs, and stresses on marine fisheries. It also addresses that coral reefs are already under severe stress from human activities and high ocean temperatures associated with severe weather events caused by El Niño weather patterns.


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