Interior chief: Jamestown at risk from rising seas

June 6, 2014 2:46 PM

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Interior chief: Jamestown at risk from rising seas

JAMESTOWN, Va. – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that America's first permanent European settlement is clearly vulnerable to rising seas.

Led by National Park Service rangers, Jewell trekked around the island, where some sections now lie beneath the James River, and heard of the devastation in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel raked the low-lying landscape. The storm left many parts of the island underwater and destroyed thousands of artifac...

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