"As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning"

"From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse. But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."

The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as the sea levels are rising. Planning for that is both a national security concern and a topic of discussion among the area's business owners."

Yuki Noguchi reports for NPR's Morning Edition June 24, 2014.


"30-Year NC Sea-Level Forecast Gathers Calm Support" (Raleigh News & Observer)

"Is It Too Late to Save Our Cities From Sea-Level Rise?" (Newsweek)

"Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities" (KQED)

"Regional Partners To Focus on Sea-Level Rise in Delaware" (Wilmington News Journal)

"Conference To Call for Action To Address Inevitable Sea Level Rise" (San Francisco Examiner)

Source: NPR, 06/24/2014