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Along The Waters Edge

Lauren Owens Lambert | Massachusetts, United States

The sun rises over the Boston skyline on Tuesday June 7, 2016 from East Boston. The city is one of several metropolises at risk of sea level rise and storm surge damage and is working on cutting edge climate resiliency efforts.

Climate change is causing serious damage to communities across New England, with the raise of sea levels and storm surges strong enough to drown out major metropolises and drive out half of the global population that now lives close to the water. Sea levels are rising at an alarming rate, with projections for some coastal cities as high as 7-10 feet by the end of the century. Boston and surrounding areas feeling the pressure and are not sitting idle.The effects of climate change have been devastating for those Massachusetts towns and communities along the water’s edge, where intensifying storms and flooding have ruined both homes and livelihoods. Facing the threat of rising sea levels, many coastal residents are deciding to stay and adapt their homes and infrastructure, rather than relocate. “If you don’t want to risk losing your home don’t build on Plum Island,” says Verne Fisher, a resident for more than 20 years. “If you love this environment and the way of life you take the risk.”

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Story production in partnership with:  The Ground Truth Project

Aerial photography made possible by:   LightHawk


Lauren Owens Lambert is a freelance photojournalist based in the Boston area whose work has a creative focus in documenting social and behavioral adaptations to environmental stressors. Her creative objective is to both inform through the facts and connect through emotion. In her work, she places people as part of natural cycles, a perspective that is sometimes lost in contemporary society. Her work has been published with The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, The Nature Conservancy, The Ground Truth Project, NBC and The Boston Globe.

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