US Reports Say Rising Sea Levels Threaten Infrastructure

While increased heat and "intense precipitation events" threaten these structures, the greatest and most immediate potential impact is coastal flooding, according to one of the reports, by an expert panel convened by the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Another study, a multi-agency effort led by the Environmental Protection Agency, sounds a similar warning on coastal infrastructure but adds that natural features like beaches, wetlands and fresh-water supplies are also threatened by encroaching salt water.

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