Climate Connections: With sea levels rising, these strategies could help coastal communities prepare

Among the many points driven home by the likely climate change-fueled destruction and property losses unleashed by recent hurricanes and torrential rains: A lot of U.S. homes are in harm’s way from sea-level rise, storm surges, and punishing winds.

If they’re damaged, odds are they’ll be rebuilt at the same locations, remaining in harm’s way. Some see it as a witch’s brew born of a National Flood Insurance Program that pays to put shoreline homes back where they were and municipal property tax systems dependent on pricey shoreline homes for their communities’ fiscal base.