Opinion: We need to stop building Shore houses

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CLAIRE SASKO / PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE – Approximately no one wants to lose the Jersey Shore as we know it to climate change. But real talk: This is what we face. Think the situation at the coast is nerve-racking now? As of 2017, the record number of high-tide flood days in a year in Atlantic City was 22; in 2050, the town is projected to see between 65 and 155 days of high-tide flooding per year. The rising sea levels could leave more than 250,000 New Jersey homes at risk for chronic inundation — flooding that occurs 26 times or more a year — by the end of the century, according to a 2018 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. (The Garden State is second only to Florida in vulnerable homes; Florida has more than a million.) Of Philly’s beloved beach towns, Ocean City is expected to take the hardest hit, with more than 7,200 homes in danger of chronic flooding by 2045 …

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