Publication Date October 31, 2021 | ABC News

Hawaii's beaches are disappearing due to climate change

Honolulu, HI
Waikiki Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii. (De Agostini via Getty Images)
Waikiki Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii. (De Agostini via Getty Images)

Climate Signals summary: Sea level rise due to human-caused global warming, and recent storm surges are causing Hawaii's beaches to erode faster than usual. 

Article excerpt: 

Rising sea levels paired with recent storm surges have been causing faster than usual erosion on Hawaii’s beaches and shorelines.

"The coastal issues that are related to climate change are sort of the canary in the coal mine," coastal hazards specialist Tara Owens told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz, who reported from Hawaii as part of ABC News' 'Climate Crisis: Saving Tomorrow' series. "Everybody who lives here in Hawaii is an oceanographer. ... You're looking at the tides ... you're paying attention to the waves. You can't ignore or bury the problems, because you see them every day."

According to a recent ProPublica report, three of Hawaii's major islands have lost roughly one-quarter of their beaches. Sea levels are also rising about one inch every four years, threatening 70% of Hawaii’s coastline, according to Hawaii’s state website.

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