Coastal cities brace themselves for rising seas

05/15/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Thirty-five trillion dollars worth of infrastructure around the work could be at risk of flooding with rising sea levels. Port cities around the world have started to plan with this in mind. For instance, the Netherlands' Rotterdam pavilion serves as a lab to study floating buildings, Venice is building flood barriers and New York plans to build storm-surge barriers and lift generators above flood level. "We need to look at a whole realm of potential solutions and strategies," says Malcolm Bowman, a storm surge expert from New York's Stony Brook University.

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