Melting ice caps and ice bergs account for rising sea levels.

While there are plenty of people who predict that America's coastal cities will be submerged due to the effects of climate change, economist Matthew E. Kahn does not agree. In this article for the Harvard Business Review, he explains his view that "American coastal cities are going to adapt, get ahead of climate change, and be just fine."

He believes that this adaptation will vary depending on location:

Around the world, coastal cities will upgrade existing structures to reduce flood risk and build new structures and infrastructure that is more resilient in the face of sea-level rise. For those now located in 1-in-10-year flood plains, there will be growing demand for engineers who can design solutions for reducing flood exposure. Rising demand will lead young people to enter the field...

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