Climate decision could accelerate damage to Trump properties


PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement could accelerate damage to his family’s real estate empire in the coming decades, especially his seashore properties in low-lying South Florida.

The president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the soaring apartment towers bearing his name on Miami-area beaches, and his Doral golf course could all be threatened by rising seas. That’s according to projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

Severe damage might come sooner rather than later if America abandons the agreement aimed at curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause climate change.

If the sea level climbs by 2 or 3 feet in this century, that would push seawater onto the Mar-a-Lago’s lawn. Nearby roads and bridges would also be affected.