Sea Level Is Rising

The sea level along the Gulf Coast could rise nearly four feet and temperatures could rise ten degrees over the next century due to global warming, altering plant and animal life.

According to a report by The Union of Concerned Scientists and The Ecological Society of America, the sea level is expected to rise 15 to 44 inches along the Gulf Coast because of differences in the regional landscape, including areas altered by development. The report says rising sea levels and human development over the next 20 years in coastal Louisiana will convert more land to water, threatening local fisheries and coastal agriculture.

The sea level along Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta could rise nearly 44 inches over the next century, putting parts of Louisiana underwater.