The North Carolina State Senate passed a bill Tuesday restricting the use of climate change science when predicting sea-level rise. Instead, planning commissions in 20 coastal counties must rely on historical trends, which predict a eight-inch increase in sea level by the year 2100, compared to the three feet predicted by a state-appointed science panel. The bill's proponents argue that the large increase predicted by the panel would limit coastal development and harm the economy. The bill has received national attention and has been ridiculed by outlets such as The Scientific American and The Colbert Report. No senators spoke in opposition of the bill, which passed 34-11 and will move to the House for a final vote.
Read more at Winston-Salem Journal
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.