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Mace & Crown | April 24, 2018

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April Fool's: How Soon Could ODU be Affected by Climate Change?

April Fool’s: How Soon Could ODU be Affected by Climate Change?
George Plank
Staff Writer

This winter was one of the warmest on record for the Old Dominion campus. While many students claim it as another case of ‘Virginia Weather,’ others see it as a sign that climate change could soon have negative effects for the greater Norfolk area.

Wendy Dayy, consultant from the National Weather Service, visited the campus briefly to discuss the possibility of climate change. In her address, she expounded on the reality of global warming and the negative effects it could have on the immediate area.

“To put it simply, as things continue to heat up the sea level will continue to rise,” Dayy said. “Rising sea levels mean we lose structural integrity to areas close to water. It wouldn’t be surprising to see ODU overrun with mosquitos soon.”

According to recent reports from the Norfolk Nature Conservatory, the waters of Lake Whitehurst have been rising exponentially since 1976. It stipulates that by the year 2020, Whitehurst Hall will be set adrift in the lake.

“We really need to take care of our environment,” said Greg Depaulo, freshman living on campus. “If we keep at the pace we’re going now, soon we won’t be able to ignore it anymore. On the up side, if we continue to stay the course, eventually the rising flood-waters will eventually kill all the spiders, roaches, and other pests in Gresham Hall.”