Senate Hearing on Thursday for Sea Level Rise

By Climate Central

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Politicians don’t talk much about climate change these days, but Thursday will be an exception. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Jeff Bingaman (D, N.M), will hold hearings into the impact of sea level rise on U.S. infrastructure. The significance of these impacts has become increasingly clear lately, thanks in part to a recent study by Climate Central’s Ben Strauss, which was widely reported when it was released last month, including a front-page story in the New York Times and virtually every other major media outlet.

Strauss will be testifying at Thursday’s hearing, along with several other scheduled witnesses, including Waleed Abdalati, chief scientist at NASA; Leonard Berry, director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Adam Freed, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability in New York City; and Anthony Janetos, director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Maryland.

The hearings will be webcast live, so if you want to hear first-hand what the experts have to say about the threat from sea level rise, you can go to the committee’s website, starting at 9:30 a.m. EDT.