Charleston would have to fortify for sea level rise

By Sammy Fretwell, The State

Charleston will have to spend heavily to protect itself if sea level rises by nearly a foot in the next 90 years, those attending a climate change conference heard Tuesday.

Economist Harry Miley said the city would need to fortify sea walls and relocate roads, while suffering the impact of decreased tourism and lower property values.

Miley, a visiting professor of economics at South Carolina State University, made those comments in assessing the economic impact of global warming. The meeting, sponsored by the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, was held to examine how rising Earth temperatures would affect business and commerce.


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