A 51 cm rise in sea levels could inundate more than 5,000 square miles of dry land and 4,000 square miles of wetlands in the United States if no action is taken to protect threatened areas. A smaller 30 cm rise would subject 6 million households to flooding.
Since 2001 the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. Each factsheet presents important patterns of use, life cycle impacts and sustainable solutions. They are designed to inform policymakers, business professionals, students and teachers. The factsheets are peer-reviewed and updated annually.