Signs Of Climate Change — Past, Present And Future — On Plum Island | WBUR News

Plum Island is mostly a national wildlife refuge. It’s a long, narrow spit of sand 50 miles north of Boston.

You can see evidence of climate change past and present there, and get a glimpse of the future.

The island was created by climate change. Over millions of years, natural forces made the planet a lot colder and the ocean sea level a lot lower.

Nowadays, it’s hard to believe Plum Island was once buried under half a mile of ice. Eleven thousand years ago, the glacier began receding, leaving a scarred landscape that was sculptured by wind, waves and currents into today’s barrier island beach.

Parker Jones, a frequent visitor to Plum Island, lives in nearby Newburyport. It’s one of four Massachusetts towns protected by the 11-mile-long barrier island.

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