Study: Rising sea levels could put Vancouver at risk
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:08 PM -
The world's sea levels have been rising at a rate of 3 mm per year, largely due to melting ice caps and the burning of fossil fuels -- and a new study suggests that's putting Vancouver at high risk.
Research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) looked at large coastal cities and the current protections they have in place, coupled with the expected costs of flooding due to rising sea levels.
The study analyzed 136 coastal communities, and Vancouver was among the most ill prepared, along with New York, Mumbai and Osaka-Kobe.
If sea levels continue to rise at their current pace, researchers warn that flooding costs could cost top $1 trillion.
Earlier this year, the government released a sea level rise primer, designed to mitigate floods in Canada's coastal communities.