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Major Military Bases Unprepared for Climate Change, U.S. Watchdog Finds (Corrected)

June 13, 2019, 12:54 PMUpdated: June 13, 2019, 5:47 PM

Pearl Harbor, forever synonymous with the events of Dec. 7, 1941, today faces a new threat: rising seas.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is called out in a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report about Pentagon climate preparedness for failure to consider changing long-term conditions in facility planning. Sea levels could rise more than 3 feet by 2065 at the home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and storms may grow more intense.

It’s not alone. The GAO studied 23 domestic military facilities to help understand risks facing the Department of Defense’s $1.2 trillion real estate portfolio. Researchers found that eight ...