July 28, 2015--Nation's capital sinking into the sea, study says (Burlington Free Press)

To some, the results of a study that concludes the District of Columbia is sinking is a physical manifestation of the political environment in the nation's capital. But new research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Vermont shows that the land in the district — where the Lincoln Memorial was built on silt dredged from the Potomac River — is expected to fall 6 inches or more during the next 100 years, raising flood fears and adding to worries about the effect of rising sea levels on low-lying cities across the USA. "It's ironic that the nation's capital, the place least responsive to the dangers of climate change, is sitting in one of the worst spots it could be," Paul Bierman, a geologist at the University of Vermont in Burlington and senior author of a new paper about Washington's descent, said in a statement. "Will the Congress just sit there with their feet getting ever wetter?" To view the full article and report visit the Burlington Free Press.