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Old 06-06-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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I read this article earlier and thought some of you might be interested.

BBC News - Virginia's dying marshes and climate change denial

"Dead trees loom over the marsh like the bones of a whale beached long ago.
In the salt marshes along the banks of the York River in the US state of Virginia, pine and cedar trees and bushes of holly and wax myrtle occupy small islands, known as hummocks.
But as the salty estuary waters have risen in recent years, they have drowned the trees on the hummocks' lower edges. If - when - the sea level rises further, it will inundate and drown the remaining trees and shrubs, and eventually sink the entire marsh."
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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I love the marshes and yes, it is sad. But look on the bright side, while the conservatives in the Virginia legislature are in denial about climate change, at least they acknowledge a need to study and address flooding issues.

They are not trying to make it illegal to acknowledge rising water levels when designating flood zones and designing long-term public works such as bridges and storm drainage. North Carolina, on the other hand .....

Coastal N.C. counties fighting sea-level rise prediction - Local/State - NewsObserver.com
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