who\'s still fighting climate change? the u.s. military
The norfolk County naval base floods ten times a year. Entrance Road swamp. Connecting the road becomes insurmountable. It becomes impossible to cross from one side of the base to the other. By the side of the pier, flooding flooded the concrete pier, shortening the power connection of large vessels docked at the world\'s largest naval base. All it takes to cause this chaos these days is the full moon, which causes unusually high tides. Norfolk station is the headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet, and officials say the floods have destroyed military preparations there and other bases around the port of Chesapeake Bay. Floods will only worsen with rising sea levels and warming the Earth. The sea level in Norfolk has risen by 14. In the 5 inch century since World War I, naval bases have been built. According to an estimate from the association of scientists, Norfolk station will flood 2100 times a year to 280. This clearly changing geographical environment makes Norfolk a natural poster child of the climate challenges facing the Defense Department, and seems to be the best place to consider the fate of climate science and the army in the new political era in Washington, D. C, this will set up obstacles for the government to pursue climate science. For more than a decade, the Department of Defense has been planning for climate change, which is usually done with congressional climate science skeptics setting up roadblocks. At 2014 and last year, Republicans in the House added language to the Defense Department\'s spending bill, banning money from planning or preparing for climate change. The authors of these bans have announced that terrorism is a bigger threat and that federal funds should turn to killing ISIS. On both occasions, the Senate lifted the restrictions. It\'s too early to say whether to try again to limit defense spending on climate change. \"This potential exists,\" said retired Marine Brigadier General Stephen Cheney . \". \"Given the large number of other challenges facing the new government, we will see how strong they are about it. \"While continuing to move forward, the Ministry of Defense is working to avoid political issues in the climate science debate. We don\'t talk about climate change, we don\'t talk about climate change. Dean Van Deli told visiting reporters when he visited the base before the election. We\'re talking about the ocean. level rise. You can measure it. âx80x9d ( See what happens if all the ice in the world melts. ) According to the Government Accountability Office, the Ministry of Defense has operated more than 555,000 facilities on 28 million acres, with a reset value of $850 billion. There are about 1,200 military facilities in the United States. To assess the climate impact, senior auditors conducted an investigation into the assets held by the military in 2014. Their report received little attention at the time, focusing on 15 unidentified locations Rising sea levels and bad weather have damaged runways, roads, sea walls and buildings. In the Arctic, the region is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, melting sea ice, unfrozen layers and sea- Rising sea levels are eroding Alaska\'s coastline, enough to disrupt several Air Force radar warning and communications facilities. At a base, half of the runway has been eroded to prevent large aircraft from using it. Damage to the pond allows the waves to be washed over the runway at another base. The melting of the permanent frozen layer also affects the chances of entering the training area. In the West, the drought has exacerbated the threat of wildfires, where floods have destroyed roads, runways and buildings. Wild fires in Alaska have disrupted training. In California last year, fires threatened Camp Pendleton, the main Marine Corps West Coast base 48 miles north of San Diego, and Vandenberg Air Force Base 65 miles north of Santa Barbara. A year-old rain point falls in the 80-minute value of the Irvine desert in mohavele, California, causing $64 million damage to the 160 th floor, including barracks, roads, bridges, 11,000 feet fencing. The most terrible threat remains the ocean. Levels of rise on the US coast and overseas in South Korea, Singapore and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific. An Air Force radar device used to track space waste built on an atoll in the Marshall Islands, costing $1 billion, is expected to be found underwater within 20 years. AP reported. 3 feet off the coast of the United States Level Up, a medium term A possible range in 2100 is estimated to threaten 128 coastal bases worth $100 billion. The most vulnerable is 18 facilities along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, from New London, Connecticut to Key West, Florida. Nine of them are major naval bases. Florida, Virginia and South Carolina have at least four bases, including the Marine Corps recruits warehouse, Parris Island, most of which could be submerged by the end of the century. Similarly, parts of the United StatesS. The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland may also be underwater, where 50 tidal floods occur every year. But the most vulnerable is the tedewater area in Norfolk and Virginia. Sea- According to US data, sea level rise is twice the global average and occurs at the highest rate along the Atlantic coastS. Geological Survey. In addition to the encroaching ocean, the land is sinking. This situation prompted the Ministry of Defense to work with state and local officials and scientists in Norfolk and Virginia Beach to find a way to adapt to the area in an experimental manner, and not just the future of Bath that they face. At Naval base, several concrete docks have been doubledeck piers. Power lines are no longer vulnerable to flooding. Van deli wants to change more docks. But in all planning, the elephant in the room is cost and money. Billions of dollars are needed, and even if members of Congress don\'t argue about whether climate change exists, that funding is hard to get. It\'s a tricky issue, said retired Admiral David Tilley, who is now in charge of the Center for Weather and Climate Risk Solutions at the University of Pennsylvania. How will we pay and which areas will we not protect? None of the politicians wanted to raise their hands and say, you are out of the fence. We saw this in New York with Mayor Bloomberg. We don\'t need to retreat. Well, guess what. The Ocean got a vote. Retired Admiral Jonathan White and former chairman of the Navy Task Force on Climate Change said there was no time to persuade budget authors to take action. By the time the sea level rises, the ice will melt and there will be no turning back. Timing is crucial, he said. Just like the time taken off from Norfolk before the hurricane is crucial, if you wait too late, you can\'t take the ship out because the sea level is too high. The same thing happened on the sea. level rise. What you can\'t wait for is for some certainty whether it will be here or not. You must make a decision in advance based on your uncertainty.