Three of 10 shipping piers at the Port of Long Beach could be inundated with water—one of which houses a Southern California Edison substation—even in the mildest sea-level rise projections, according to an assessment risk compiled by the port.
Southern California is widely known for its mild, Mediterranean climate, but even coastal cities like Long Beach will not be spared from extreme temperatures, experts say.
In the 90803 ZIP code—which includes Naples, Belmont Shore and the Peninsula—the median home costs nearly $900,000. But large swaths of the area will soon be underwater, with predictions that a rapidly warming ocean will rise 6 to 22 inches by 2050 and as much 6 feet by 2100.
Some say the future of protecting California’s coasts, and the developments behind them, will include more natural solutions like restoring wetlands and other habitats so they can help slow storm surges and combat other effects of sea level rise.
“We’re in the latest great extinction, not only of animal species but of plant species,” the world-renowned climatologist and oceanographer says.
Low-income communities, which primarily include people of color, are most susceptible to air pollution in the region.
Long Beach will soon face coastal flooding, dirtier air, hotter temperatures and more pervasive water shortages under current climate predictions. We take readers on a tour of what this will look like, and what residents and city leaders are doing to prepare and adapt.