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What You Need To Know: Climate Scientist Robert Kopp Discusses New Findings on Sea Level Rise

Dr. Robert Kopp discusses the new report he co-authored that doubles projections of sea level rise if we fail to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

We could be seeing six feet of sea level rise by the end of the century — and possibly nine feet on the US Atlantic coast — if global emissions of heat-trapping pollution remain high. That’s double current projections in use by governments and policy maker.

It’s the shocking conclusion of a new study out from Rutgers University and the science and news organization Climate Central.

Francesca speaks with lead author on the study Dr. Robert Kopp. He’s the Director of the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences of Rutgers University and Co-Director of the Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Initiative.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.