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Wetlands in Waikiki

As the climate changes, the seas will rise — but so will the groundwater

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 08, 2013

~~<p>Climate change, and the rise in sea levels that are a key feature, are processes that move at a glacial pace, so to speak. But some would say government policymaking &mdash; including the planning for ways to adapt to all this extra water on the land &mdash; moves just as slowly.</p>
<p>So the question is: Which will get here first, the flood waters or the adaptations to them? This is a particularly critical question for Oahu's south shore, where some valuable properties that are already in the flood zone could be vulnerable to further threats through the rise of sea levels globally.</p>
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Climate change, and the rise in sea levels that are a key feature, are processes that move at a glacial pace, so to speak. But some would say government policymaking — including the planning for ways to adapt to all this extra water on the land — moves just as slowly.

So the question is: Which will get here first, the flood waters or the adaptations to them? This is a particularly critical question for Oahu's south shore, where some valuable properties that are already in the flood zone could be vulnerable to further threats through the rise of sea levels globally. Login for more...



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