The New York Times article, Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries gives multiple examples of areas of the United States that are experiencing flooding on a regular basis and as a result communities are being overwhelmed with problems including damaging storm water drains, dying landscaping, polluting drinking water and stranding island communities.
"The worsening of tidal flooding in American coastal communities is largely a consequence of greenhouse gases from human activity, and the problem will grow far worse in coming decades, scientists reported Monday." - JUSTIN GILLIS FEB. 22, 2016
SAGE members tend not to focus on the cause of the rising seas and instead are working on facilitating conversations and developing best practices for the areas that need to bolster their resiliency and begin to work with nature using hybrid infrastructure. At the same time, members of the SAGE group are focusing on how future changes can also lead to more socially just and economically vibrant communities.
"There is a growing "body of scientific analysis suggesting that human alteration of the planet has truly brought on a new geological epoch, which has been dubbed the “anthropocene.” Taking a 10,000-year perspective certainly reinforces the geological scale of what’s currently happening." Chris Mooney
What the Earth will be like in 10,000 years, according to scientists, a recent Washington Post article by Mooney will give you a whole new perspective on just what kind of coastal and climate changes we are talking about. We tend to project 100 years into the future, but projecting out thousands of years forces you to rethink just how much damage we are doing to our planet.