Rising Sea Levels

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A first of its kind study finds, even a small rise in sea level could lead to more coastal flooding worldwide.  A team of scientists, including experts from Virginia Tech, predicts a warming planet will see more ‘worst case scenarios’ more often if nothing is done to prevent it.

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Parts of Hampton Roads have been swamped by rain this week.

Regardless of rain or shine, many parts of southeast Virginia have a flooding problem, affecting communities and military readiness. The College of William & Mary Center for Climate and Security has been using small conferences to bring experts together to tackle the problem.

Pamela D'Angelo

You may remember earlier this year when President Trump made a call to the mayor of Tangier Island. The island is slowly disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay, sinking at the same time sea-level is rising at a faster pace due to climate change. Trump told him not to worry. But his Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is doing the opposite, facing down climate change as a threat to national security.

Recently, top regional brass spent a day with scientists and policymakers at the William & Mary Law School. All agreed, it's going to be a long, very expensive battle.

Virginia Public Access Project

As cities in Hampton Roads slowly lose ground to the Atlantic Ocean geologists are hoping to reverse the trend by putting more water underground, and VMI has reacted to comments about efforts to help cadets deal with exam stress. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at vpap.org.

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To those living on Virginia’s coastlines, discussions of climate change are no longer theoretical. Rising sea levels has real impact, right now. A report released this week by researchers at William and Mary predicts climate change could cost the Hampton Roads area more than $100 million in damages EACH year, if nothing is done.