December 2, 2015

Rising waters threaten many locations

Tidewater Virginia is the second or third location in the US (depending on who is determining) that is threatened by rising waters. Most of us know that. And I can see how much closer the James River is to my home every walk I take along the shoreline.

We also know that Bangladesh and the Seychelles may be under water in a few decades. 17 percent of Bangladesh by 2050, affecting about 18 million residents.

But a New York Times article just pointed out a little known fact about the low-lying Marshall Islands, also threatened by rising waters. Under a 1986 compact, Marshall Islands residents (about 17,000) are free to emigrate to the US due to their long military ties to Washington.