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.
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.