Drastic action may be needed over US flood risk


DRASTIC measures such as river barrages and floating buildings may be needed to protect people in New York, Boston and other US cities on the Atlantic coast from flooding. That’s the message of yet another study showing that the north-east coast of North America will bear the brunt of rising seas. Regional currents keep sea levels on the continent’s eastern seaboard lower than elsewhere, but they will probably be disrupted by the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. If the melting continues at its current rate,
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