The Natural Resources Council of Maine this week released “one of the most complete depictions ever done of the potential impacts on Maine’s coastline from rising sea levels due to global warming.”
Using the latest available science, NRCM’s analysis shows that coastal businesses, homes, wildlife habitat, transportation systems, and some of the state’s most treasured places are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise.
One “treasured place” in extreme risk is the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport (noted by the yellow arrow below). The area in orange shows land that will be submerged by a sea level rise of 6 feet; the area in red will be underwater after a rise of just 3 feet.
Numerous studies on the future impacts of global warming, including the International Panel on Climate Change, have predicted a sea level rise of up to roughly 3 feet by the end of the century. In other words, unless the problem of climate change is taken seriously, the Bush vacation retreat will under water during the adult lives of Jenna and Barbara’s kids.
The Bush family aren’t the only ones who should be worried. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that no fewer than one in four U.S. buildings within 500 feet of a coastline will be destroyed by erosion by mid-century, with rising sea levels a big factor.” More on global warming at Climate Progress.
UPDATE: Correction: This post previously stated that the IPCC report predicted a sea level rise of “3 feet or more” by 2100. In fact, the report predicts a rise of up to 88 cm, or 2.85 feet, by 2100. Also, the original post incorrectly suggested that Barbara and Jenna’s would “grow up” by 2100. That has been corrected to note that the year 2100 could occur “in their adult lives.”
We regret the errors.