WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - New research partly blames climate change on the loss of Virginia's saltwater marshland.
William & Mary says in a press release that these environmentally important areas support various birds and reptiles.
Researchers from the university's Virginia Institute of Marine Science say the combination of storms and sea-level rise have pushed Virginia's barrier islands further inland. In turn, salt marshes are buried.
Since 1870, Virginia has lost about 8,000 acres and 10 percent of its back-barrier saltmarsh habitat.