WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Rising Sea Levels Could Make Assateague Island Disappear

Play associated audio
The wild ponies of Assateague Island are at risk from rising levels of seawater.
Sarah Stierche: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahvain/6936614592/
The wild ponies of Assateague Island are at risk from rising levels of seawater.

Global climate change and sea level rise could cause some of the East Coast's most beloved and visited National Parks to disappear in 100 years. This, according to a new report released this week by the National Resources Defense Council.

The report entitled America's National Seashores in Peril (pdf), paints a dire picture of what barrier islands like Assateague Island National Seashore on Maryland's Eastern Shore will look like in a century.

Basically, the beautiful beaches of Assateague and it's famous wild horses will be swallowed entirely by the rising Atlantic Ocean.

Other coastal destinations like New York's Fire Island, North Carolina's Cape Hatteras, and Cape Cod in New England all are said to be very vulnerable and will face the same fate of disappearance as Assateague does, if something isn't done to curb the changing climate, sea level rise, and the intense storms that continue to threaten these fragile coastal ecosystems.

More than 11 million people visit the parks listed in the report annually, and the parks employ more than 8,000 people and contribute about a half a billion dollars to our nation's economy.

NPR

Bill Cunningham, Iconic 'New York Times' Photographer, Dies At 87

Cunningham worked at the Times for almost 40 years, capturing the fashion trends of the day with a timeless eye.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
NPR

Tracing The 43-Year History Of The U.K. In The European Union

The U.K. joined the European Union in 1973, hoping to gain from the booming economies on the continent. Historian Timothy Garton Ash explains the reasons why, and how the relationship soured.
NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.