Rhode Island is the first state in the Lower 48 with an average temperature rise that has eclipsed 2 degrees Celsius. With 420 miles of coastline, the state is particularly vulnerable to the vagaries of the Gulf Stream and melting mountain glaciers and ice sheets. Communities along the coast are already seeing nuisance flooding unrelated to major weather events. This 22-week series presents accounts—as well as solutions—from individuals, community leaders, residents, beachgoers, Indigenous people, and scientists on the frontlines of a global phenomenon that is playing out—in real time—where the land meets the water in the Ocean State.

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