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Coastal Development And A Changing Climate

The winter storm that battered New England’s coastline this winter ripped two Plum Island homes off their foundation and left them partially collapsed into the ocean. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The winter storm that battered New England’s coastline this winter ripped two Plum Island homes off their foundation and left them partially collapsed into the ocean. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Global sea levels are rising. Storms are getting more powerful. Homes along the Massachusetts coastline are in trouble. Yet, the state has not only permitted– but encouraged — development in these areas for hundreds of years.

What should we do about coastal property today?

Guests

Bob Connors, home owner and general contractor on Plum Island.

Jack Clarke, director of public policy and government relations for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

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WBUR “Plum Island — named for the marble-sized, wild plums that grow in the fall along the beach – has always been a haven for migratory birds and wildlife, but about 60 years ago people began building modest seasonal houses on the north end, usually 100 yards or more from the ocean. Then came paved streets, sewers and homes built right along the coastline with million-dollar views and price tags to match.”


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