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Telescoped Sea Level Rise Report Released

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Andrew Kemp, Yale University
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Sea level rise is already impacting some coastal areas; Rodanthe in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is pictured.

The Science Panel of the Coastal Resources Commission has released a new sea level report.  The first report, released in 2010, looked 90 years down the road and predicted sea level along the North Carolina coast would rise as much as 39 inches As one might expect. developers, many property owners, and coastal area elected officials were critical of the report.  The North Carolina General Assembly responded by passing a law that blocked the use of the report in any new land use planning rules and regulations.

Rob Young is Director of the Program for  the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University and the author of the Rising Sea.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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