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Climate change could sink two million homes by 2100, Zillow says

Environmental scientists anticipate sea levels to rise six feet this century
  • Climate research shows that sea levels could rise six feet by the year 2100, sinking two million homes.
  • Scientific publication Nature says 36 cities will be completely underwater by the next century.
  • In total, two million U.S. homes are expected to sink if the sea levels rise at the projected pace, the study says.

If climate change didn’t scare you before, the predicted and dramatic effects of melting ice sheets are not that far in the future. Climate research shows that sea levels could rise six feet by the year 2100, with a follow-up Zillow analysis saying it could impact $882 billion of U.S. housing stock. The original study, published in scientific journal Nature, says 36 cities will be completely underwater by the next century, meaning nearly 300 cities would lose at least half of their housing stock. In total, two million U.S. homes are expected to sink if the sea levels rise at the projected pace, the study says. "As we move through this century, homeowners will have to consider another factor when it comes to their homes -- whether rising sea levels have any impact on them," Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell said in the report. "It's easy to think about how the ocean levels can affect the coasts in an abstract sense, but this analysis shows the real impact it wi...