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Report: Sea Level Could Rise At Least 7 Feet Along California’s Coastline By 2100

A seawall is constructed along the beach in Del Mar to protect homes from ris...

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Above: A seawall is constructed along the beach in Del Mar to protect homes from rising ocean levels, May 21, 2018.

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A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts sea level rise will cost many millions of dollars to mitigate. It places much of that responsibility on local governments.

Aired: December 16, 2019 | Transcript

A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office has some sobering news when it comes to sea level rise.

The report found that ocean water could rise by seven feet or more by the end of this century, and it said local governments up and down the state are not doing nearly enough to meet the challenge.

RELATED: California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Part of the report addresses the impact sea level rise could have on the state's housing crisis. It said California will have to build 100,000 more housing units annually to make up for housing that will be lost by a rising sea.

The lead author of the report, Rachel Ehlers, joined Midday Edition on Monday to talk about the report's findings.

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