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climate change rising sea levels

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Twelve years ago, Atlanta became an unexpected home to thousands of people from Louisiana and Mississippi, who’d been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Atlanta city officials now say they’re getting temporary shelters ready, in case some people who’ve lost their homes in tropical storm Harvey head for this region.

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The sea level is already rising on American coasts. In Georgia, the sea level has gone up more than nine inches in the last 75 years. Globally, it could go up another one to four feet in the next 75 years.

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Some places and people will be able to adapt to rising tides. But a lot of people in the United States will have to move, and many could end up in Atlanta, according to a new study.