This article examines practical federal options to prepare for one of the impacts of global warming-sea level rise. Part I examines the implications of greenhouse gases for our coastal zones, explains the causes and effects of sea level rise, and analyzes the implications of various responses. Part II examines how specific federal policies are currently failing to address existing and projected sea level rise, and enumerates a number of modest changes that may well have been included in these programs to begin with, had sea level rise been as well recognized when the programs were created as it is today. Additionally, this article explains the proposal that the National Wildlife Refuge program can be modified to address rising seas more easily than amending the federal wetland protection regulatory program, which currently deals with the problem.
James G. Titus,
Does the U.S. Government Realize that the Sea is Rising? How to Restructure Federal Programs so that Wetlands and Beaches Survive, 30 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.