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STUDY: 1,700 U.S. cities could be partially underwater by 2100

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 5:08 PM -

High water levels could become commonplace in many U.S. cities, including Boston, New York and Miami.

File photo courtesy: Francis Lee

File photo courtesy: Francis Lee

A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday has identified 1,700 U.S. communities that could have at least 25% of its population living below the high water mark by 2100.

Six dozen of those cities could be partially underwater within the next ten years, and researchers are placing the blame on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Even if we could just stop global emissions tomorrow on a dime, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, Hoboken, New Jersey will be under sea level,”  Benjamin Strauss, co-author of the paper told the Guardian, adding that "dramatic cuts" in emissions could save nearly 1,000 communities from suffering the same fate. 

Currently, sea levels are rising at 1 foot per decade. Researchers used this information to help draw their conclusions.

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