Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Military Knows Climate Change Puts Its Facilities at Risk

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Military Knows Climate Change Puts Its Facilities at Risk

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Don't try and tell the U.S. military that global warming and climate change are nothing to worry about.

A study supported in part by the military expects that U.S. military facilities in the Pacific Ocean may be flooded and uninhabitable by the middle of this century. Reliable science-based estimates place the rise in ocean levels at a possible 2 meters or more.

Greenhouse gases generated by burning coal and other fossil fuels trap heat in our atmosphere. They normally would be radiated away into space. The oceans act as a heat sink for the increased heat. The rise in ocean levels is a result of melting Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland ice packs as well as the expansion of sea water because warm water expands

More than half the oxygen we breathe comes from phytoplankton in the ocean. …

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