Fixing the flooding problem could be as simple as adding pipes, but small, rural places like Johnsonville cannot afford it. Read more
The Greenland Connection
Greenland is 3,000 miles north of Charleston, but what's happening in this icy wonderland will largely determine the Lowcountry's fate. Its rapidly melting ice is sending torrents of freshwater into the ocean, gumming up key ocean currents. Read more
Charleston residents have more in common with Greenlanders than you might think. Sure, our coastline has sand and palm trees, while the Arctic coast is speckled with giant icebergs. But our ways of life are dependent on many of the same things. Read more
Josh Willis, a climate scientist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the head of the Oceans Melting Greenland project, discusses what is happening in Greenland and the implication it has on sea level rise. Read more
Flood Woman vs Climate Doom is the comic book story of a scientist in Charleston who has the power to slow accelerating forces. Will she save the world from climate change? Read more
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Charlestonians have lived alongside water for centuries. Yet, 2021 is likely to be the first time in Charleston's history that water plays a dominant role in the city's future growth strategies.
THE COST OF FLOODING
Can anything be done to speed our city toward a better place? Scientists, planners and other experts say yes, but it will take creativity, leadership and a new sense of urgency. Here are some of their ideas.
Prospective homebuyers in Charleston want to know one thing first: "Did the house flood?" That will play into further interest in the property and the price, as homes on the peninsula aren't appreciating as much as others in the region.
The cost of fixing flooding in Charleston has bloomed to some $3 billion in total, city officials say — a price tag for solutions from cleaning out plugged drainage systems to new, deep tunnels and a wall that could deflect hurricane waves from the downtown peninsula.
Building boom leaves Charleston more vulnerable
A new analysis for The Post and Courier’s Rising Waters project shows how the Charleston area’s unprecedented building boom has made us more vulnerable amid the accelerating forces of climate change. The study shows that a fast-growing Charleston has lost 5 percent of its tree canopy, and that faster-growing Mount Pleasant lost 22 percent of its tree cover. Read more
More climate news
Reporter Chloe Johnson joined us for this week's podcast to discuss what's known and what's still unclear about the proposal to build an eight-mile sea wall around the Charleston peninsula.
The city has a front row view to the real-time impacts of climate change, and those impacts are just coming faster.
Flooding and sea level rise are perhaps the biggest threats to Charleston's viability since the Civil War, according to reporter Tony Bartelme. We discuss in the latest Understand S.C. episode.
Flooding and sea-level rise pose a critical threat to Charleston's business community, the workforce it supports and the viability of low-lying areas as sites for future investment. Read more
Floodwaters' hidden danger
Charleston-area floodwaters are a festering soup of disease-carrying microbes, a new Post and Courier analysis shows.
In two hours, more than 3 inches fell by Charleston's medical district. At one point, it fell at a rate of 5.5 inches per hour. More than 3 inches fell on Daniel Island.
Flooding has been a problem around Charleston's downtown hospitals for years. But a key decision point in the early 2000s committed the institutions there to spending 100s of millions more on the flood-prone peninsula.
Lower homes face rising risk
Thousands of buildings in Charleston County are lower than the federal government says they should be to avoid flooding, giving the area one of the highest inventories of vulnerable homes in the country.
Putting the pieces together
A sunny day flood in Charleston on Monday is a reminder that climate change will make these events more common.
About 40 percent of Charleston's sea level rise has come from the ground sinking. While the ocean will rise faster in the future than land subsides, scientists know little about the motion of the ground under our feet.
In the Charleston region, one of the most flood-prone areas on the East Coast, Black people face great risks from climate change due to racial discrimination that limited generational wealth and displacement caused by gentrification.
Humans have pumped huge volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases into the atmosphere, and now there is more carbon dioxide trapping heat than in the past 800,000 years... So what does that mean for South Carolina?
As flooding worsens, coastal residents stand their ground
Set aside the notion of climate change. The climate has always changed. The real story is about speed. The pace of change. From rain bombs to higher sea levels, the impacts are coming faster. Wednesday's deluge in Charleston was yet another reminder how this affects our community in many ways. Read more
Data obtained by The Post and Courier allowed reporters for the first time to pinpoint about one-third of South Carolina's most vulnerable and water-damaged properties, a revealing disclosure for a state that is near the top in flood insurance payouts from the federal government. Read more
The proposal, laid out at the end of last month in a lengthy report by the Army Corps of Engineers, would create an 8-mile perimeter around the city's core peninsula, slicing through the marshlands that blossom out from the water's edge or following the paths of streets on higher ground. Read more