• David Abel

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    David Abel is a College of Communication professor of the practice of journalism. He is an award-winning reporter and an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. He has been a writer for many years at the Boston Globe, where for the past decade he has covered climate change and other environmental issues.

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There are 3 comments on City Leaders Need to Make Billion-Dollar Decisions to Protect Boston from Sea Level Rise

  1. Riddle me this: if the sea level is truly rising so much, why do the world’s “elites” keep buying up oceanfront property? Elite level real estate scam. Hahaha!

  2. I saw the film by Mr Abel and it was powerful and disturbing, and all Bostonians should see it. Kudos on a great film. The developers want to get in to the seaport, make their money, and then leave MA taxpayers holding the bag when we have to deal with flooding. My proposal is that new buildings would have to pay a ‘flood tax’ ($x per square foot) that is directly earmarked to build a harbor-wide hurricane barrier, like those that have shown to be effective in New Bedford and Providence. I understand that it won’t stop sea level rise but it will stop devastation and retreat from coastal areas. A hurricane barrier will increase revenue by attracting people back to the coast instead of retreating from the coast. Policy makers abandoned the hurricane barrier idea in favor of regional efforts, like building parks to control water flow. This does not prevent devastation from storms surges and (like the hurricane barriers) does not prevent sea level rise. We came up with a Covid vaccine in a matter of months; we need to come up with an emergency solution in a matter of months too. I propose a long-term plan (hurricane barrier) concomitant with regional efforts (e.g., army corps of engineer building short term barriers) to control the most at-risk areas.

  3. Time to start talking to the Dutch. At least one town in the US, probably many, is tackling this problem and actually building a dike. (Hoboken, inspired by Sandy…)

    We can solve this problem, but we need to start now. Preventing global warming is import to minimize the damage and allow those who can’t cope to survive. But preparing to live with it is just as important.

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