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Rising seas, shrinking coasts: Take an augmented reality tour of damage caused by warming temperatures


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High tide flooding occurs twice as often along the nation’s Atlantic Coast as it did 22 years ago and federal officials expect the rising water to grow worse in communities around the nation. They warn water levels are “nearing the brim.” 

A Climate Central study found higher tides could flood $34 billion worth of real estate in just 30 years. Another study found Greenland’s melting ice sheet, which experienced a record melt event in September 2022, could send seas nearly a foot higher even if the world immediately stopped burning fossil fuels.

The climate future is now: Humans navigate a ‘Perilous Course’ on the East Coast.

It's everywhere: Sea-level rise’s surprising reach damaging more than East Coast shoreline

Learn more about what's causing rising sea levels and how they could affect us in the future by visiting the fully interactive “Rising seas, shrinking coasts” story within the Augmented Reality section of the USA TODAY app:

  • Download the latest version of the USA TODAY app on your Android or iOS AR-capable device.
  • Open the app and tap on Sections in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on Augmented Reality.
  • Tap on the "Rising seas, shrinking coasts" experience.