Sea-Level Rise

  • Nags Head Set to Host Climate Talk

    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.

  • Sea-Level Rise Redux

    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.

  • CRC Chairman Avoids Climate Dust Up

    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.

  • Should We Be Freaking Out?

    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.

  • CRC Limits Sea-Level Rise Study to 30 Years

    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.

  • Controversial Movie Shows at UNCW

    “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.

  • Rising Seas Come With Rising CO2

    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.

  • Sea-Level Rise? Get Used to It

    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.

  • Global Warming’s ‘Evil Twin’

    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.