June 22, 2012
Waves pound a wall near buildings in Pacifica, Calif., during a rain storm in January 2010. A new federal report gives the West Coast its best look yet at what to expect from rising sea levels due to climate change. The report issued by the National Research Council on Friday says Southern and central California can expect sea levels to rise in a range of about three feet over the next century, while Northern California, Oregon and Washington can expect the range to be less — around two feet.
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The West Coast will see an ocean several inches higher in coming decades, with most of California expected to get sea levels a half foot higher by 2030, according to a report released Friday.