Briefing: The Threat of Rapid Sea-Level Rise and the Financial Risks to Coastal Communities
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a virtual majority briefing titled “The Risk of Rapid Sea-Level Rise and the Financial Risks to U.S. Coastal Communities” on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 12:30 p.m.
The briefing will focus on new research that warns of the potential for “rapid and unstoppable sea-level rise” if the world fails to meet the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
Published this Wednesday in Nature, the new research shows how failing to meet the Paris targets would lead to "an abrupt jump in the pace of Antarctic ice loss after around 2060" and put countries at risk of rapid, irreversible sea level rise by the end of the century. Conversely, if global warming is limited to the targets in the Paris Agreement, the research suggests that ice loss would continue at a pace similar to today's throughout the rest of the century.
The briefing will also focus on the financial impacts of sea-level rise on coastal communities, as well as the actions Congress can take to help communities manage these risks.