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Legislative Study Urges California To Act Immediately Against Rising Sea Levels

Beachgoers on the beach at Limantour Beach on May 23, 2019 in Point Reyes Station, California.
Beachgoers on the beach at Limantour Beach on May 23, 2019 in Point Reyes Station, California.
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Sea levels are rising and Californians are at significant risk. Analysts say residents shouldn’t be naive in thinking the threats are a long ways off. They say the state is already behind when it comes to preparing. 

According to the L.A. Times, studies find more than half a million residents in the state in addition to $150 billion in property are at risk of coastal flooding by the year 2100. A report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office is now urging the state to take action, especially within the next decade, before it’s too late. Analysts looked at a number of scientific studies and interviewed dozens of local governments, agencies, researchers and more. The report says, “Most responsibility for SLR preparation lies with local governments, however the state has a vested interest in ensuring the coast is prepared.” The study says regional partnerships, additional funding for testing strategies and technical assistance are all important aspects of combating sea level threats. The lead author of the study says the legislature should use the study to guide bills and budget decisions in the coming year.

Today on AirTalk, Larry sits down with the lead author of the report to discuss the findings. And the mayor of a coastal city joins the program.


Rachel Ehlers, principal fiscal & policy analyst for the Legislative Analyst's Office, she’s the lead author of the legislative report

Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach; he tweets @LongBeachMayor