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Washington DC, Surrounding States Face Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise could cause $42 billion in property damage in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware by 2100, threatening 116,000 homes and 3,400 miles of roadways, the Post reports. Analysis by Climate Central [1] also points to $7 billion in property damage in Washington, DC, threatening 1,000 homes, three military bases, and sections of the National Mall. While DC and Maryland have been responding to the threat for some time, Virginia is a relatively new arrival: in 2012, “Republican state lawmakers refused to fund a study on ‘sea-level rise,’ but consented to a study of ‘recurrent flooding,’” Montgomery reports. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has now convened a statewide commission on climate change.

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