The Natural Resources Council of Maine this week released one of the most complete depictions ever done of the potential impacts on Maines coastline from rising sea levels due to global warming.
Using the latest available science, NRCMs analysis shows that coastal businesses, homes, wildlife habitat, transportation systems, and some of the states most treasured places are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise.
One treasured place in extreme risk is the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport (noted by the yellow arrow below). The area in orange shows land that will be submerged by a sea level rise of 6 feet; the area in red will be underwater after a rise of just 3 feet.
Numerous studies on the future impacts of global warming, including the International Panel on Climate Change, have predicted a sea level rise of 3 feet or more by the end of the century. In other words, unless the problem of climate change is taken seriously, the Bush vacation retreat will under water by the time Jenna and Barbaras kids grow up.
The Bush family arent the only ones who should be worried. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that no fewer than one in four U.S. buildings within 500 feet of a coastline will be destroyed by erosion by mid-century, with rising sea levels a big factor. More on global warming at Climate Progress.