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Almost the Entire East Coast Is Sinking

Posted on AllSides January 2nd, 2024
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As many as 95% of the counties along the East Coast of the U.S. are slowly sinking, according to a new study published on Tuesday. Though they are descending at just a millimeter or two per year, the sinkage adds to the growing list of hazards caused by rising seas that put millions of people at risk of flooding and displacement.

"Infrastructure damage due to subsidence has direct, indirect, short-term, and long-term consequences, such as disruptions of clean water supplies, transportation, education, and health care, economic stagnation, and a severe...

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