As the United Nations climate conference gets underway in Paris, North Carolina Sea Grant is preparing to hold a two-day workshop on climate change next week in Nags Head.
The next governor will have to sign off on an assessment of the risks from climate change or put the state at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal emergency-management grants.
There were no fireworks this week over the release of a new draft report on sea-level rise along the N.C. coast. The new report contains no scary forecasts, no hockey stick graphs.
The chairman of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission defused a potentially explosive issue in the sea-level rise debate by appointing a respected geologist to the CRC’s panel of science advisers.
Two studies about the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the four-foot rise in sea level that could result grabbed screaming headlines. Just more media hype? Unfortunately, this is real.
The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission yesterday directed its scientific advisors to limit their new study of sea-level rise to how high the ocean might get 30 years in the future, not 100 years.
“Shored Up,” a documentary about our response to rising seas, was too hot for the state’s science museum, but it will show next week at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
The world’s oceans and seas will rise as carbon dioxide levels in the upper atmosphere keep increasing. How do scientists know? Because it has all happened before.
That’s professor Michael Orbach’s tough-love message. There’s little we can do at this point to significantly slow the rate of sea-level rise, he says. He warns that we best learn to adapt to our watery future.
Rising acid levels in the oceans is one of the more alarming consequences of global warming. Corals, oysters, clams, starfish and sand dollars are just a few of the sea creatures that can be affected. “The oceans will become hot, sour and breathless,” says one scientist.
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.