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Some scientists believe phragmites, a prolific invasive species, can help address sea-level rise and climate change. Ariel Wittenberg/E&E News

MD - Notorious 'terminator weed' might be a climate change savior

This place might be called the ground zero of climate change.

Sea-level rise is happening faster here on Maryland's Eastern Shore than the rest of the Atlantic Coast, in part because the land has been sinking since the end of the last ice age. Now, large expanses of open water have overtaken former tidal marshes, and the area is rimmed by "ghost forests" — stands of dead and dying trees killed by advancing salt water.

But federal biologist Matt Whitbeck is hopeful about the climate outlook here because Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has an adaptation plan to help marsh habitat migrate inland as the woodlands die, saving crucial breeding grounds for imperiled birds, including black rails.

Just one thing stands in his way.

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