Rising Tide

5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Holding back rising sea levels in the City of Alameda

Area slated for nature reserve
Laura Flynn

The east side story

I’m on the east side of Alameda Island, standing in mud in front of a storm drain that empties out into San Leandro Bay. There’s a stretch of homes right on the shoreline looking out at estuaries, the Oakland Airport, and Coliseum. The waterline isn’t quite at my feet right now, but in less than a century I’d likely be standing in water up to my shoulders.

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4:26pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Getting ready for rising seas in the Bay Area

Sutro Baths on the San Francisco shoreline.
Flickr user Wally Gobetz

In 1995, the movie Waterworld predicted catastrophic changes to the earth’s sea levels, and painted a picture of the chaos that resulted when the water rose and society collapsed.

The movie was a flop. But it got one thing right: scientists say melting glaciers are already contributing to rising sea levels, and that they’ll melt faster in the next century. Changes in the Bay Area—which has over a thousand miles of shoreline—could be dramatic.

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