The N.C. House approved a watered-down but still controversial bill on sea-level rise in one of last acts of the legislative session.
As adjournment nears, legislators are still seeking a compromise on the controversial sea-level rise bill that passed the N.C. Senate but was rejected by the House.
Contrary to what we heard coming out of the legislature the last few weeks, those in the insurance industry say the state’s policy on sea-level rise will have no affect on property or flood insurance rates.
A packed room showed up on Pivers Island near Beaufort yesterday to listen to a discussion of the state’s now-famous draft policy on sea-level rise. That’s what worldwide media attention will do.
Unfazed by a barrage of worldwide criticism and outright ridicule, the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved a bill that restricts the use of scientific modeling to predict future sea-level rise.
The N.C. General Assembly may consider a bill that would prevent the state from planning for the higher seas that many scientists expect later this century as the climate warms.
The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission decided yesterday to turn its much debated draft policy on sea-level rise into a friendlier document designed to draw less ire.
That’s the metaphor one scientist uses to describe a rising Atlantic Ocean that could dramatically alter the geography of the N.C. coast this century.
Two severe cuts in N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island inflicted by Hurricane Irene were the most recent illustrations of the road’s vulnerability to erosion and storm damage, renewing questions about the futility of fixing such a vulnerable highway, especially in an era of a rapidly rising sea.