Study: NC gets ‘D’ for climate change policies

North Carolina. Photograph courtesy of: © William Neal, Orrin Pilkey & Norma Longo.


Days after a federal report issued a harsh warning about climate change, an environmental group said North Carolina’s policies leave the state among the most ill-prepared on the East Coast to deal with the effects of rising seas…

Read Full Article, Star News Online (11-07-2017)

Sandbagging at the Shore: North Carolina’s Coastal Sand Bags and Political Sandbaggers; By William Neal, Orrin Pilkey & Norma Longo; (04-2017)
The wonder of modern English is how social use of language expands and changes the meaning of words. Sand bag is a bag filled with sand used for temporary construction—quickly made, easily transported, and easily removed. Typically, sandbagging is the emplacement of sand bags to construct a temporary protective wall or barrier, such as a dike or dam to hold back flood waters , or protection on the battlefield. But the term ‘sandbagging’ has taken on an array of other meanings…

In NC, dangerous delays and delusions on sea-level rise; Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey & Keith C. Pilkey; The News & Observer (07-09-2016)

The State That ‘Outlawed Climate Change’ Accepts Latest Sea-Level Rise Report; WUNC (05-05-2015)

North Carolina Sea Level: No more head-in-the-sand? Yale Climate Connections (04-09-2016)

That ‘More Realistic’ Sea-Level Report? Not Good News for NC, By Robert S. Young, Ph.D.; News Observer (05-06-2015)

Nature Confronts Politics in North Carolina; (05-26-2015)
As local politicians underestimate rising sea levels, coastal communities are coming up with their own plans…

Denying Sea-Level Rise: How 100 Centimeters Divided The State of North Carolina, By Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey (04-23-2013)

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina’s Coast, (11-15-2013)
Professor Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, with North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio, discussing the consequences of climate change and how rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina…

North Carolina Should Move With Nature on Coast, News Observer (01-05-2015)

Pilkey: The Paris agreement, climate change, NC coast and rising seas; News Observer (06-03-2017)
Now that we as a nation have divorced ourselves from the Paris Agreement on reduction of carbon emissions and global climate change, it’s time for us to do some self-examination. We assume that our abstention will ultimately add to the carbon-emissions problem, perhaps discourage other countries and have some impact on sea-level rise…