For most of us, it’s hard to ignore the rising threat of climate change. But the sheer magnitude of the devastation it could cause is daunting. For those journalists trying to convey the sense of urgency to the public, it can become overwhelming. Living on Cape Cod, where towns and residents are trying to beat back rising tides with seawalls and sand, WCAI climate change reporter Eve Zuckoff is finding it difficult to build barriers of her own – between the existential threat she covers professionally and her life outside of work.
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The global threat of rising seas
The seas are rising around the Marshall Islands, a low-lying island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Floods, once a rare occurrence, have become common. Fifty thousand people call the Marshall Islands home. About half of them are children under the age of 18. With record increases in global temperatures, the country could become uninhabitable in their lifetimes. Meet three young residents who hope it won’t.
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