Sen. King leads panel on climate change, national security

Senator Angus King led a panel on how rising tides are putting national security at risk. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – A climate change discussion brought a bit of Washington to Portland.

Senator Angus King led a panel on how rising tides are putting national security at risk.

Independent Senator Angus King served as a moderator.

A former lieutenant general for the Marine Corps explained why climate change is a threat to national security.

Retired Lieutenant General John Castellaw says the threat starts overseas, with communities fighting over shrinking freshwater resources.

The lieutenant general says closer to home, climate change could shorten the life of our military bases.

In New England, the Naval shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire may go through dramatic changes as water levels rise.

"Impact the dockyards, it could impact the train tracks, it could impact some of the other facilities in Portsmouth,” Castellaw said. “It could impact its ability to carry out its very critical mission of working with those submarines."

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