All anyone needs to do to see the effects of climate change and sea level rise is go have a drink. The Ocean Mist — located on Rhode Island’s south coast, frequented by students and locals alike, and often the venue of some of the area’s best local bands — is a popular beach bar in Matunuck.
Well, it used to be a beach bar anyway.
Patrons can still grab a drink from the inside or outside bar, wander to the deck and gaze out over the open ocean toward Block Island in the distance. But those who frequented the Mist as recently as a decade ago may be stunned to find they can no longer stroll along the sandy beach between the bar and the crashing waves … because it is no longer there.
Read more about sea level rise in Rhode Island.