Economists: Sea Level Rise Could Cost California

September 15, 2011

Economists say erosion from rising sea levels and storm damage could cost California hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism and tax revenues.

A Los Angeles Times story cites the San Francisco State study released Tuesday, which shows climate change and rising seas this century will diminish state beach appeal to tourists.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways-commissioned study examined sea level projections at five beach communities.

One of them was Venice Beach, which could lose up to $440 million in tourism and tax revenue if the Pacific Ocean rises 55 inches by 2100.

The study also found Zuma Beach and Broad Beach in Malibu could lose up to $500 million.

And San Francisco’s Ocean Beach could see $540 million in damage to land, buildings and infrastructure.

Topics California Trends

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