Newsletter: The Tragedy of the Horizon


Rising seas reshaping our economy

Sea Level Rise: the “Tragedy of the Horizon”

Sea-level rise is one of the most complex impacts of climate change to understand. Not so much the mechanics of it, but the sheer implications of what rising seas will mean for our society and our land. We feature this week a selection of tools and studies that help further our collective understanding and are meant to inspire action.

Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO

Surging Seas Reshaping the United States


Climate Central recently published a fascinating study as part of their Surging Seas project. The study‘s striking result is that “millions of Americans may already live on land destined to be someday – albeit perhaps in a very distant future – reclaimed by the sea.” Both the study and article indicate that sea level rise is on its way to America’s coastlines. The big unresolved question is when we will see the impacts?

Regardless of uncertainty about timing, visuals always tell a powerfull story. We recommend exploring the Surging Seas interactive maps showing the potential impacts of sea level rise in your own neighborhoods.

Bank of England: Sea Level Rise and Economic Impacts Of Global Warming

Mark Carney, recently appointed Governor of the Bank of England, gave a speech on the risks of climate change to financial stability at an event organized by Lloyd’s insurance. Carney referred to climate change as the “tragedy of the horizon,” citing outcomes like the impact of rising seas on the world’s coastlines and infrastructure as one of the largest risks to financial stability around the world. Carney cited three major risks to financial stability from climate change…Continue Reading

Rising Seas Summit, Boston

Aleka is in Boston at the Rising Seas Summit where she led yesterday an interactive, discussion on the benefits and challenges associated with developing resilience indicators to advance climate adaptation work at the city and regional level. Panelist presented lessons learned from current projects and discussed key questions with a specific focus on the benefits of developing indicators to mitigate impacts from sea level rise.

Greenland’s Melting Ice: NY Times


The New York times released an interactive article on the impacts of melting Ice in Greenland. Stories like this highlight the compounding risk occuring between climate change, melting rise and resulting rising seas. Check out the article and learn about the researchers on the front lines of melting ice.

Meet the Team: Colin Gannon


Colin specializes in quantitative analysis and the dissemination of climate information. A graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Arts in Climate and Society, he has experience working with climate models and tailoring climate data for stakeholders at a local level. Prior to Four Twenty Seven, Colin worked at the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre in New York. Colin also has a Bachelor of Science from Bryant University where he completed a thesis under the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant program on the topics of geochemistry and applied paleoclimatology.

Catch us at these events

Join our team in the field at these upcoming events

Nov 3-5, 2015 – Rising Seas Summit, Boston, MA
Nov 3-6, 2015 – BSR Conference, San Francisco, CA
Nov 30-Dec 11, 2015 – COP, Paris, France
Dec 14-18, 2015- AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA


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