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Thursday, April 5, 2007
Today's Globe: Boston climate change, human role in global warming, El Salvador reunions
If fairly conservative climate projections hold true for Boston, global warming will raise sea levels enough by the end of the century that Boston Harbor will flood parts of East Boston and the downtown Financial District during a typical winter northeaster. South Boston, Back Bay, and Cambridge would also probably flood during a category 2 hurricane, according to simulations produced for the Globe by a computer modeling consultant. Yet, the region has no plan to deal with flooding of that magnitude.
The latest United Nations assessment of the role of humans in global warming has found with "high confidence" that greenhouse gas emissions are at least partly responsible for a host of changes already underway, including longer growing seasons and shrinking glaciers.
Hundreds of reunions have taken place in El Salvador over the past decade, aided by advances in DNA matching through a Physicians for Human Rights forensics program, and an intensifying campaign to bring closure to victimized families, if not justice to those who violated them long ago.