Conference Aim: is Va. Ready for Climate Change?

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Activists are meeting in Norfolk on the threat climate change poses to Virginia's coastal communities.

The conference Saturday is intended to examine the state's readiness for rising sea levels and other changes related to the globe's changing climate. The session will bring together a regional planner, academics and climate activists.

Virginia's coast is especially vulnerable to climate change. This year, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science submitted a report to state lawmakers on ways to address coastal flooding.

The problem is more pronounced in Virginia because the land along the coast is slowly sinking. In Hampton Roads and other coastal communities, flooding is commonplace during major storms and is expected to worsen over the next 20 to 50 years.


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