Climate change is coming for Massachusetts’ 1,500 miles of coastline, with sea level rise of up to 2.5 feet projected by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. And even if we dramatically cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, levels will continue to rise and storm flooding will worsen in the coming decades.
That's why Gov. Maura Healey, in collaboration with the state's 78 coastal communities, laid out her new "ResilientCoasts" plan this week. It focuses on evaluating best practices, finding new funding, and updating laws to enhance coastline protection and mitigate future damage. Adam Reilly is joined for a preview of how the new plan will work by Lisa Berry Engler, the director of the state's Office of Coastal Zone Management, which is leading the initiative.
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