Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Ghost forests

How rising seas are killing southern U.S. woodlands

Yale 360

Yale Environment 360

A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas to as far north as New Jersey. In addition to killing off bottomland forests, saltwater intrusion is affecting wetland habitats in places along the East Coast like the Delaware Bay estuary. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide.

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W.Va. challenges Md. control of Potomac water

MetroNews West Virginia

West Virginia may sue Maryland if its leaders continue to limit West Virginia’s access to the Potomac River, a water source critical to economic expansion in the Eastern Panhandle. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey outlined his concerns in a letter sent to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles this week.

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Manure happens, especially when hog farms flood

National Public Radio

Are the many hog and poultry farms of eastern North Carolina creating "fields of filth," as two groups of environmental activists put it last summer? And if they are, what happens when a hurricane comes along and dumps a foot and a half of water on them? The two groups, Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance, just issued a partial answer.

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