'Coasts in Crisis' Warns of Threats to Coastal Zones

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at 10:00 AM
Houses hang on the edge of an eroding cliff in Pacifica, California on January 27, 2016. Storms and powerful waves caused by El Nino have been intensifying erosion along nearby coastal bluffs and beaches in the area. / AFP / JOSH EDELSON  (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Millions of people are currently feeling the effects of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Jose. And millions more are vulnerable, according to UC Santa Cruz professor Gary Griggs. He says that approximately 61 million people live in Gulf and South Atlantic coastal communities that are susceptible to hurricanes. Griggs joins us to discuss the recent spate of storms, sea level rise and other threats to coastal communities and environments that he explores in his new book, "Coasts in Crisis."

Guests:
Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of earth sciences, UC Santa Cruz; author "Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge"

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