Military split on #climatechange #auspol #science 

Posted: February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Navy concerned about climate change owing to sea level rise.

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President Trump, Military Split on Climate Change
By Steve Baragona

NORFOLK, VA —

A nondescript metal box at the end of an unremarkable pier in Norfolk, Va. is one key to why the U.S. Navy is concerned about climate change.
For nine decades, the Sewells Point tide gauge or its ancestors have been recording the sea level off Pier 6 at Naval Station Norfolk.
The story it tells is clear.

Between naturally sinking land and global warming driven sea level rise, the water is a half-meter higher than it was at the beginning of the last century.
That’s creating problems at the world’s largest naval base.


In rough weather, damaging surf slams against electrical, water and steam lines under the piers where the Navy docks its Atlantic fleet.

High waves can keep sailors from getting to the ships.

Even getting on base is getting harder as “nuisance flooding” becomes a…

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