Sea level rise is already leading to longer commutes in coastal US

Sea level rise is already leading to longer commutes in coastal US

A cyclist on a flooded section of bike path in California on 3 January 2022

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Flooding due to sea level rise has added an average of at least 23 minutes to the time people in the coastal US spend commuting over the course of a year. By 2060, even a modest amount of additional sea level rise could increase that delay ten-fold, amounting to billions of hours of wasted time for commuters.

“It’s here. It’s now. It’s a delay that is already occurring,” says Mathew Hauer at …

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