Wallops Island, Virginia is a NASA base. The people who work there are rocket scientists, literally. But instead of moving the barrier island facility to a place it will be safe from sea level rise, they have spent $100 million on new buildings and $43 million on dredged sand to protect the island, half of which has washed away.
You have to give it to the reporters…who do excellent in-depth reporting. This Reuters Report on Sea Level Rise is as informing as it is through. The Wallops Island tale is just one of many. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/waters-edge-the-crisis-of-rising-sea-levels/#article-1-insidious-invasion. By Ryan McNeill, Deborah J. Nelson and Duff Wilson It is part of a series so look for posts on the other parts coming out soon.