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- Southeast Region Climate Center (SERCC): 2013 Annual Climate Summary for Southeast, United States
- Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC): Climate Change Health Threats in North Carolina
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Climate Adaptation Examples in Southeast
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Asheville Takes Lead in Climate Report
Climate changes for WNC could range from ski slopes having fewer days to operate to a rise in forest pests like the woolly adelgid, which wiped out thousands of acres of hemlocks in the mountains.
• The Asheville area is likely to see more days that top 90 degrees each summer. If current emissions continue, Asheville could broil under 10 more days of 95-degree heat each summer from 2041 to 2070, compared with the relative cool of the 1970s.
• If greenhouse emissions continue at the current rate, winters around Western North Carolina could see on average up to 20 fewer nights that fall below freezing. Fewer freezing nights could mean less natural snowfall, a concern for ski slope operators from Cataloochee up to Wolf Laurel, Banner Elk and the Boone High Country.
• If climate change hits other regions harder, WNC could still be affected by people moving away from low-lying coastal areas or much hotter states.
• Summer heat stress is projected to reduce crop productivity, especially when coupled with increased drought. The 2002 drought, for example, cost the agricultural industry in North Carolina $398 million.
• Forest disturbances caused by insects and pathogens are altered by climate changes due to factors such as increased tree stress. The overall strength of some insects and pathogens have been on the rise, as evidenced by the hemlock devastation.
NC Coast at Risk for More Flooding with Climate Change
North Carolina could be hard hit with rising sea levels of 4 feet by century’s end and the risk of severe flooding could affect 76,000 people living along the coast in coming decades due to climate change, a report issued Tuesday finds.
That risk of flooding could affect more than 1.3 million acres, 60,000 homes, $8 billion of property, 2,500 miles of road, and 131 EPA-listed sites that are potential sources of contamination.
Flooding along the coast could indirectly affect Western North Carolina as more people may weigh the risk of buying a second home at the beach or in the mountains.
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Dayna Reggero, DaynaReggero@gmail.com