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.
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.