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Coastal farmers in Maryland and across Mid-Atlantic being driven off their land as salt poisons the soil

Coastal farmers in Maryland and across Mid-Atlantic being driven off their land as salt poisons the soil

CHAMP — Eric Bedsworth’s day of reckoning arrived a year ago. His soybean field got such a salty soaking from last fall’s tidal waters that he abandoned it mid-harvest. This season, the land sprouts only weeds. Unless researchers create a salt-tolerant crop to his liking, Bedsworth likely never will plant this soggy field again. Advertisement “I hate to see the land go out of production. But I’ve lost so much money down there,” said Bedsworth, a third-generation farmer in Somerset County. His is a fate farmers increasingly confront amid rising seas and punishing storms, according to a study...

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Coastal farmers being driven off their land as salt poisons the soil

Coastal farmers being driven off their land as salt poisons the soil

CHAMP, Md. — Eric Bedsworth’s day of reckoning arrived a year ago.His soybean field got such a salty soaking from last fall’s tidal waters that he abandoned it mid-harvest. This season, the land sprouts only weeds. Unless researchers create a salt-tolerant crop to his liking, Bedsworth likely never will plant this soggy field again.“I hate to see the land go out of production. But I’ve lost so much money down there,” said Bedsworth, a third-generation farmer in Somerset County, Maryland.His is a fate farmers increasingly confront amid rising seas and punishing storms, according to a study...

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Driven by rising seas, the threats to drinking water, crops from saltwater are growing in U.S.

Driven by rising seas, the threats to drinking water, crops from saltwater are growing in U.S.

On Louisiana’s Gulf coast, hit by a record five hurricanes or tropical storms this year, Native American tribes are some of North America’s early climate refugees as seas claim their shoreline and salinity damages the land that remains.Four Louisiana tribes requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government. They wrote in a formal complaint citing “climate-forced displacement” that saltwater has poisoned their land, their crops and their medicinal plants.“That strips us of not only being able to generate an income to provide for ourselves, it also strips us...

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East Coast residents have ‘false sense of security’ about threats from invading saltwater

East Coast residents have ‘false sense of security’ about threats from invading saltwater

On Long Island in New York, testing for the first time shows saltwater reaching deeply into a drinking-water aquifer on the southern shore, evidence of trouble coming from an invisible flood of salt driven by climate change.The U.S. Geological Survey reported in September that Long Island groundwater, which 3 million people rely on, is much more contaminated by saltwater than it previously theorized. One test near Jamaica Bay in Long Island’s Nassau County showed water nearly as salty as the ocean.Ongoing overpumping of groundwater for irrigation, drinking water and other urban uses makes...

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