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Seas rise, and so does concern

The following letter to the editor by Adam Auster of Arlington is republished with the author's permission. It originally appeared in The Boston Globe on Saturday, June 5, under the general heading “Rising sea levels demand action.”“Rising sea levels demand action.” 

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The opinion pages of Monday’s Globe describe the bitter work of planning to abandon beaches, lighthouses, and coastline to rising seas while spending billions to manage the impact of sea-level rise in Boston. It is worth reflecting that these unfortunate measures are needed today because we refused to sacrifice, far less manage, climate change decades ago.

Then, the threat was well understood, just not experienced. As costly and tragic as these measures are today, tomorrow’s will be an order of magnitude worse if we continue to fail to act.

An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of mitigation, and it is not too late to learn the lessons that are right under our noses — and take action. 

This letter was published Saturday, June 5, 2021.

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