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Science group and state senators team up to unveil sea level rise ads in New Hampshire

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Moderators of Thursday’s Republican presidential debate didn’t ask candidates a single question on climate change.   No focus on climate at the Republican and Democratic debates last month.  If there is one energy-environment story media should cover during the NH Primary, it’s the one breaking January 18:


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Science Group and NH Senators to Unveil Ad Aimed at Presidential Candidates

Ad Shows Candidates Standing in Rising Ocean Urging Action on Climate-Induced Sea Level Rise


UCS is paying for an animated ad  in the Manchester Boston Regional Airport beginning Monday, January 18, depicting the four Republican and Democratic candidates current leading in New Hampshire polls standing behind podiums on Hampton Beach, with tides rapidly rising to their waists.

The words above Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio read: “How will you deal with sea level rise in New Hampshire?” The animated ad will run on all five of the airport’s video screens, including near security areas, bathrooms and the food court.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Senior Analyst Erika Spanger-Siegfried will explain that UCS took out the ad to attract candidates’ and reporters’ attention as they pass through the airport leading up to the February 6 GOP presidential debate and February 9 state primary. New Hampshire state legislators from both parties will discuss the need for presidential candidates to have plans to address the climate-induced sea level rise that is already harming coastal communities.


Erika Spanger-Siegfried, UCS senior analyst

New Hampshire State Senator Nancy Stiles (R-District 24)

New Hampshire State Senator David Watters (D-District 4)

Dr. Cameron Wake, University of New Hampshire research, climate and sustainability professor


Monday, January 18, noon


Manchester Boston Regional Airport, (Baggage Claim 2 Delta United)

Additional resources:

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  • See a UCS studyanalyzing 52 East and Gulf coast towns that found tidal flooding has increased over the past several decades and will increase significantly in the future.
  • Read about an October 2015 coastal flooding summit in Hampton, N.H., attended by 40 locally elected officials from 18 states. (URL)
  • See a video of mayors from South Carolina, Florida and NH  calling on the presidential candidates to address coastal flooding and sea level rise. All interviews here


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