Smith Island In the middle of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, a tiny island may soon become an early victim of climate change. Smith Island is the last inhabited island in Maryland, a place where residents, hearty watermen who make their living catching oysters and blue crabs, still speak in the Cornish dialect of their ancestors. Many Smith Islanders can trace their ancestry back 12 generations to the English colonists who settled here in the 17th century. And yet their link to this land may soon be broken: Smith Island is eroding. Though scientists differ on how long it will be before the island is underwater, anywhere between 30 and 100 years, there is no dispute about the cause: rising seas. The global trend of rising ocean levels is especially acute in the Chesapeake Bay, where water is rising at twice the world average.
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Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) # 12 Security forces push an injured person in a shopping trolley past the body of a man from the Westgate Mall as police search for gunmen in Nairobi, Sept. 21. Gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 15 people in what Kenya’s government said might be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) # 22 A woman (C) who had been held hostage reacts in shock on Sept. 21 after she was freed following a security operation at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi where suspected terrorists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. Some 20 people have been killed and about 50 wounded Saturday in the initial attack by the gunmen the Kenya Red Cross said.
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