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Yale: With sea levels rising, these strategies could help coastal communities prepare

'We're going to be living in times that call for pretty radical solutions,' one expert says.

A mong the many points driven home by the likely climate change-fueled destruction and property losses unleashed by recent hurricanes and torrential rains: A lot of U.S. homes are in harm’s way from sea-level rise, storm surges, and punishing winds.

If they’re damaged, odds are they’ll be rebuilt at the same locations, remaining in harm’s way. Some see it as a witch’s brew born of a National Flood Insurance Program that pays to put shoreline homes back where they were and municipal property tax systems dependent on pricey shoreline homes for their communities’ fiscal base.

Together they have made the word retreat an unmentionable “r” word.

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