Changing Minds On Climate Science

Farmers, fishermen and residents in the easternmost regions of North Carolina are dealing daily with the effects of climate change, though they may have other explanations for what they experience. “Changing Minds On Climate Science” is a multipart series that goes beyond Coastal Review Online’s daily reporting on coastal environmental issues and the people here to examine the latest climate science as it pertains to the region, including how coastal residents’ attitudes and perceptions of climate science have or have not changed during the past decade. We bring in the voices of not only scientists but also of those, young and old, who call the North Carolina coast their home and have experienced firsthand the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

  • Stormwater Issues Worsen As Climate Warms

    Flooding in North Carolina’s coastal communities has rapidly worsened in scale and frequency as a result of climate change, but stormwater management is a costly problem, even when there’s political will, funding and community support.

  • NC’s First Sea Level Rise Report, 10 Years On

    The original state report on sea level rise in 2010 yielded controversy rather than policy changes to address the problem, but officials say there’s response happening now at the state and local levels.

  • Sea Level Rise Puts Septic, Sewers At Risk

    Higher groundwater levels, heavier and more frequent rain storms and flooding associated with climate change threaten both individual and centralized systems for wastewater along the N.C. coast.

  • NC Has Plan, But Resilience Work Lies Ahead

    The statewide plan released this week to address flooding, drought and extreme weather amid a growing population, aging infrastructure and public health threats is just a first step, officials say.

  • State Now Has Plan For Climate Resilience

    North Carolina’s environmental agency has released a collaborative plan nearly a year in the making to help guide policymakers in making vulnerable communities more resilient to climate change and coastal storms.

  • Folks Ready to Talk Change: NC Climatologist

    State Climatologist Kathie Dello says that since taking the job in 2019 she has found residents of North Carolina are ready and willing to talk about climate change, and that the state can be a leader.

  • Resilience Bigger Part of Plan to Save NC 12

    Maintaining the vulnerable sliver of Outer Banks highway known as N.C. 12 has long been a challenge, but state officials say they are now adopting a more resilient approach to infrastructure design.

  • Young Adults On Banks Have Ridden Storms

    Young people on North Carolina’s Outer Banks who have grown up facing the challenges of climate change on an almost yearly basis say decision makers should take the problem more seriously.

  • Where Storms Are Lore, Folks See Change

    In Down East Carteret County, where tales of hurricanes are woven through far-reaching family histories, residents say more recent storms are different and signs of a bigger change.

  • NC’s Turning Point For Climate Science

    Hurricane Florence in 2018 marked the beginning of a shift in attitudes toward climate science, researchers say, but whether increased acceptance leads to policy changes remains uncertain.