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    • Do you need to move to be safer?

      "After three years of brutal flooding and hurricanes in the United States, there is growing consensus among policymakers and scientists that coastal areas will require significant spending to ride out future storms and rising sea levels — not in decades, but now and in the very near future. There is also a growing realization that some communities, even sizable ones, will be left behind."

      Research is beginning to give some ideas about how much it will cost to protect against future storms and rising sea levels. And it seems to be clear that we cannot protect every city.

    • This is a pretty eerie read about househunting in Miami.

      The next open house was not far and I decided to get lunch beforehand in Sunset Harbour. I popped into a store where the sidewalk had been raised. “There used to be flooding here,” the owner said, as she folded a soft sweater. She had long dark hair and, as seemed to be de rigueur in Miami Beach, lash extensions. “But they put in pumps and it’s been

      “So I hear,” I said.

      “Yeah,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

      “I don’t know if I understand this,” I said. “The sidewalk is raised, but—where does the water go?”

      “Into the drain,” she said. “Well. Except for one time. One time the store was flooded. But it’s fixed.”

      “Great!” I said.

    • That was a fascinating read, Victoria, thanks. I wonder how long it will be before rising insurance costs put a damper on the market for coastal property. Banks too might start to worry about long-term mortgages. Somehow I doubt that smiling real estate agents are going to persuade actuaries that everything really is under control.