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Climate May Force Millions to Move and U.S. Isn’t Ready: Report

Nov. 23, 2018, 7:40 PM

Global warming may push millions of Americans away from the coast, and the U.S. isn’t prepared for the consequences of such a mass migration, scientists from across the federal government warned on Nov. 23.

“Sea level rise might reshape the U.S. population distribution,” the scientists wrote in a sweeping report on climate change. “The potential need for millions of people and billions of dollars of coastal infrastructure to be relocated in the future creates challenging legal, financial, and equity issues that have not yet been addressed.”

The warning comes in the latest edition of the National Climate Assessment, a compendium...

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