Getty/Mark Wilson The Tidal Basin’s crumbling sea wall and sidewalks are routinely underwater due to rising sea levels in Washington, D.C., July 2019. Just in the past three years, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental rules and regulations to the detriment of the environment and Americans’ public health. Moreover, the administration refuses to act to mitigate the effects of climate change—instead loosening requirements for polluters emitting the greenhouse gases that fuel the climate crisis. This dangerous agenda is affecting the lives of Americans across all 50 states. Impacts of climate change
On July 8, 2019 , a month’s worth of rain—4 inches—was unleashed over just one hour in Washington, D.C. The flood was one of the most extreme weather events in years and required the National Weather Service to activate its first-ever flash flood emergency for the district. The event was likely intensified by climate change-induced rising temperatures .
The relative sea-level rise of the rivers around Washington, D.C., is projected to increase 2 feet by 2050 and 4 feet by 2100.
In Washington, D.C., 1,350 acres of land lie less than 6 feet above the high tide line. This area […]
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