Delaware's future could be shaped by climate action.
Rising temperatures are simultaneously escalating hazards posed by droughts, heat waves, storms and heavy rainfall in the River City, even as they push up sea levels, worsening flood risks.
Recent research shows that unchecked warming pollution could bring concurrent climate crises to U.S. cities by midcentury — and that emissions cuts could reduce the danger.
Between 2010 and 2017 more than 700 homes in Delaware — worth roughly $500 million — were built on land that’s projected to be inundated at least once a year on average by 2050 unless pricey measures are taken to keep the water away.
Recent housing growth rates are faster in high flood risk zones for most coastal states.
Minor floods, and the damage and disruption they cause, have grown far more common in the last few decades.
Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for more natural alternatives.
These images show long-term sea level rise stakes for the Caribbean.