Rising Seas & Sinking Land: How Coastal Virginia is Combating Climate Change

Credit Pamela D'Angelo

For the next few months Pamela D'Angelo is traveling around the Chesapeake Bay looking at how climate change is impacting neighborhoods and potential solutions being considered as lands continue to sink and flooding increases.

Pamela D'Angelo

Scientists in Maryland have transported parts of a marsh into the next century. They are looking at the future effects of global warming and increased carbon dioxide on wetlands around the Chesapeake Bay.

Erica Goss

At Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore, a herd of wild ponies is under attack by a deadly infection.

So far, eight female ponies have died, and the volunteer fire department that owns the herd is fighting to prevent additional deaths.

Pamela D'Angelo

For the past three years, a mysterious microorganism has been infecting the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The infection is known as swamp cancer and it has killed eight female ponies so far.

Izaak Hagy

An organization seeking to hold big oil accountable for global warming estimates it will cost more than $31 billion for Virginia to protect coastal communities from sea-level rise.

Pamela D'Angelo

Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed retired Navy Admiral Ann Phillips to spearhead efforts for coastal adaptation to climate change.

After nearly 31 years in the Navy where she implemented climate change adaptation plans, she is traveling the state putting together a coastal master plan. 

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