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New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Posted at 8:13 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 08:13:04-05

New scientific projections are predicting that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida. The area is already prone to frequent flooding.

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The new prediction released Wednesday is for about 5 inches in additional sea level rise under a moderate outlook compared with estimates made in 2015.

The projections came at the Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, which covers densely populated Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties.

Those governments are already spending hundreds of millions of dollars on such things as sea walls and massive water pumps.