Article: Climate Change

Climate Change

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About Climate Change in our Community

Overview of Issue Impacts

Global Climate Change is a significant issue that has made national headlines in the United States. As time goes on, it is important to recognize the reality of global climate change and understand what our contributions are. North Carolina is a contributor to the carbon footprint of the United States, having a large part of its economy founded in agriculture, with deforestation for growth of communities being practiced, and with large urban areas such as the Triangle and Charlotte. While the Triangle does not experience the worst impacts of global climate change, North Carolina is not excluded from the scope of impacts. North Carolina’s coasts and therefore tourism can be impacted by rising sea levels, as well as our other flood-prone regions of the state due to increasing annual precipitation totals.

Populations Affected by Issue

Every resident living in the state of North Carolina will be affected by changing global climate to some extent. These impacts can vary from salt-water intrusion at the coast due to sea level rise (1), to increased flooding, and frequency of severe weather events across the piedmont and coastal plains regions, to more obvious warmer winters and very hot summers across the entire state. Impacts of global climate change in the Triangle area include increased water vapor leading to more rain causing more flooding in flood-prone areas such as near Crabtree Creek. 

Large portions of coastal North Carolina are used for agriculture (1). An increase in salt-water intrusion will impact farmers living in coastal NC, as well as impact the state’s economy. Additionally, residents of North Carolina living in flood-prone areas will be affected by flooding of roadways, homes, and businesses increasingly often.

It is also worth noting that the affected populations are not all affected equally, and developing nations are at higher risk and are less capable of adapting to the effects of global climate change. 

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  • Summer 2020:
    • Chris C.

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Last updated April 2021

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