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San Francisco Building To Be Lifted 10 Feet To Protect It From Rising Sea Levels Caused By Climate Change

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A historic waterfront building in San Francisco that weighs 2,075 tons, the equivalent of 20 space shuttles, will be hoisted up over three metres above ground to protect it from flooding caused by climate change.

Building 12, which was completed in 1941 for America’s shipbuilding effort during the second world war, is being lifted up in advance of a renovation by architecture firm Perkins and Will.

The historic structure will be elevated 10 feet (3.1 metres) above the ground as part of the wider strategy to bolster a new 23-acre (nine-hectare) neighbourhood against rising sea levels – which are expected to increase between 30 and 130 centimetres by the year 2100.

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