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Coastal North Carolina Counties Fighting Sea-Level Rise Prediction

05/31/2012 03:04 pm 15:04:49 | Updated May 31, 2012

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would limit how North Carolina prepares for sea-level rise, which many scientists consider one of the surest results of climate change.

Federal authorities say the North Carolina coast is vulnerable because of its low, flat land and thin fringe of barrier islands. A state-appointed science panel has reported that a 1-meter rise in sea level is likely by 2100.

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