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Gulf Coast Communities Face Heightened Flooding Risks from Sinking Land and Sea-Level Rise, Study Shows

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A recent peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature highlights the pressing issue of sinking land compounded by sea-level rise, particularly along the Gulf Coast. Titled "Disappearing cities on U.S. coasts," the study projects exacerbated flooding risks in Gulf Coast communities like Freeport, Galveston, Port Arthur, and Texas City by 2050. Led by researchers from multiple institutions, the study warns that hundreds of thousands of residents and properties nationwide face inundation threats due to rising seas. The Gulf Coast experiences accelerated subsidence and sea-level rise, making adaptation crucial. The study underscores the need for proactive measures, including nature-based and structural protections, strategic land-use planning, and stringent climate policies, to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise and sinking land.

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