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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:44 pm | Updated: 6:00 pm, Tue Jul 30, 2013.

SARASOTA, FL - A new study shows that the Suncoast is vulnerable to rising sea levels.  According to the paper in the National Academy of Sciences, more than a thousands of cities are at risk of being under water in the near future many of them right here in Florida.

The study says green house emission is behind the rising sea levels.  Many say if global warming continues at its current rate through the year 2100, many of cities and towns will be mostly under water at high tide.

An interactive map on Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's website confirms those fears. It shows if sea level did rise 6 ft, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key and parts of down town Sarasota would be all under water.  Coming up on ABC 7 AT 5 we talk to local officials about whats being done to prepare.

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