13 Sep '18, 12pm

Climate-Denying Law Could Make Hurricane Florence More Dangerous

A 2012 law could make North Carolina more vulnerable to hurricanes like Florence , which is expected to approach the state later Thursday, CBS reported . The law banned policy makers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for sea level rise , which is expected to make flooding from storms like Florence worse. "Currently the unspoken plan is to wait until the situation is catastrophic and then respond. We must begin the retreat now," retired Duke University coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey wrote in a recent op-ed for Raleigh's News & Observer . The law came as a response to a 2010 Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) report that predicted sea levels on the Carolina coast would rise 39 inches by 2100, putting 2,000 square miles of property at risk, The Charlotte Observer explained . Real estate interests and some politicians worried the report could chill coastal devel...

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