Rising Sea Levels Will Hurt Some Beaches but Help Others.

Rising sea levels are likely to change Southern California beaches in the coming century, but not in a uniform way.

As some beaches shrink and lose their appeal, others may actually benefit from rising ocean levels.

“Some beaches actually stand to benefit economically from sea level rise, creating winners and losers among California beach towns,” said Linwood Pendleton, director of ocean and coastal policy at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “We found, as relatively small beaches shrink more due to sea level rise, people will stop visiting them, opting for wider beaches.”

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