Editorial: Resiliency is Connecticut’s best climate bet

The mind balks at predictions of rising sea levels that threaten, in the not-distant future, to drown or dramatically alter Connecticut's treasured shoreline and lowlands. How distant? How altered? What should be done? What would it cost, and who would pay?

The global emergency of climate change is right now the agenda of COP24, a two-week, 200-nation conference in Katowice, Poland. The meeting follows up on the 2015 Paris climate conference and calls for delegates to review the detailed measures countries plan to take for reducing their carbon emissions. The Trump administration has said it will pull the United States out of the Paris agreement in 2020, but for now U.S. delegates are present.

It's urgent that competing international interests agree to actions that could slow the overheating of Earth, described in a report released this week as "a speeding freight train" in 2017 that is expected to have gained even more momentum in 2018. Scientists have shown evidence carbon dioxide emissions are a major factor in the warming of the planet that is responsible for melting ice caps and glaciers. The melt adds to ocean volume and thus raises sea levels, including right here.

The current estimate for these waters is 20 inches by 2050. NOAA predicts that by next April, high tide flooding in the Northeast will be 60 percent higher than 20 years ago and double what it was 30 years ago. The mind balks.

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