03 Jul 2013
How important is coastal protection? One way to answer this question is to point to Hurricane Sandy - some say the fall-out from that meteorological disaster tipped the presidential election in the fall of 2012. Regardless of how the election might have turned out, there's no denying that the hurricane was the deadliest and most destructive of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. An estimated 285 people were killed, and in 26 states, homes and neighborhoods were torn up to a tune of an estimated US$65 billion. With growing concern about rising seas and the size, frequency and intensity of storms, the need for coastal protection grows ever more urgent. The Ocean Health Index gives us a global score of 73 for coastal protection - well below a score of 100 (for the most possible coastal protection from natural habitats).
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