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News Journal: Sea level rise not just coastal problem

A new study confirms that sea level rise isn't just a coastal problem and that thousands of residents in Delaware cities like Wilmington, Dover and New Castle are at risk.

The report is based on a study of sea level rise associated with continued increases in carbon emissions through 2100. It looks at a business-as-usual scenario where carbon emissions continue to grow, a second business-as-usual scenario that factors in the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and scenarios where carbon emissions begin decreasing.

The paper, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A, is accompanied by an interactive website where residents in vulnerable areas can map the scenarios to see local impacts. The mapping tool, created by Princeton-based Climate Central, is available at the organization's Mapping Choiceslink. Climate Central's Ben Strauss, vice president for Sea Level and Climate Impacts, is the lead author of the report.