Temperatures in the Long Beach region have climbed as much as 2.5 degrees Celsius, which are considered to be early warning signs of a dramatic climate shift, according to the Washington Post report.
A report released Wednesday by Center for Climate Integrity is billed as the first such study to give a dollar amount to the cost of building seawalls to protect communities against rising sea levels due to climate change.
Long Beach officials devised a timeline through 2100 to tackle issues related to a warming planet, including worsening air quality, hotter temperatures and rising sea levels.
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.
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.
“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.
The city of Long Beach organized the event at the Golden Sails Hotel as part of an effort to get out the word and gather input for its Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which leaders anticipate finalizing this fall.
The panelists will present some of their findings on climate change and its effects, with particular attention given to the Long Beach community, much of which is threatened in the near term due to sea level rise.