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Economists say rises in sea level could cost California hundreds of millions as beaches shrink

SAN FRANCISCO — Economists predict erosion from rising sea levels could cost California hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism and tax revenues as beaches shrink and buildings would have to be protected, according to a new report.

A study by San Francisco State University released Tuesday shows a surge in the Pacific Ocean because of climate change, and accompanying storms and erosion, would batter California’s shoreline, diminishing the appeal of coastal areas and threatening structures with flood damage.

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