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Rising sea levels will cause more flooding and property damage that may not be covered by insurance. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series.

Last month this column cited a Smithsonian article about a 13th century village in Greenland that was abandoned when the village’s primary source of trade, walrus tusks, lost market value to African elephant tusks. The same situation is now happening in the Appalachian coal country as alternate forms of energy replace much of the world’s need for coal.

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