Rising seas (photographs of vulnerable US and international locations)

by Coral Davenport and photographs by Kadir Van Lohuizen

The low-lying islands of Kiribati, just a few feet above sea level, are on the front lines of climate change. Globally, sea levels have risen eight to 10 inches since 1880, but several studies show that trend accelerating. If carbon emissions continue unchecked, a recent survey of experts concluded, sea levels may rise about three feet by 2100.