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More evidence is emerging indicating that climate change may raise sea levels faster and higher than originally thought.

What this means for coastal cities worldwide has been well documented. More than two-dozen large U.S. cities will likely be hit with a flooding crisis by 2050. Climate Central estimates at least 150 million people globally live in areas that could end up totally submerged or persistently ravaged by flooding by 2100.

Not good news for people living in Vancouver, New York City and Miami. Even a rise of half a metre by 2050 could lead to $1 trillion in annual global losses if no efforts are made to adapt, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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In Canada, over 7 million Canadians live in coastal communities. ACT’s work on sea level rise has primarily been with the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) project, a 5-year multinational research project to document these increased risks facing coastal cities. Learn more about our work with CCaR here.