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North Carolina bans science
coastal flood risk mapping not to be published.

The North Carolina legislature has passed a law banning the use of the findings of the latest forecasts of sea level rise.

[no image] The State’sCoastal Resources Commission (CRC) had predicted in May that the sea level will rise by a metre (actually by 39 inches) by the next century. According to ABC News, Tom Thompson, president of NC-20, a coastal development group and a supporter of the law, “said the science used to make the 39-inch prediction was flawed, and added that the resources commission failed to consider the economic consequences of preparing the coast for a one-meter rise in sea level, under which up to 2,000 square miles would be threatened.” Supporters of NC-20 include theOuter Banks Home Builders Association and the
Outer Banks Association of Realtors. ABC also report that ‘Republican State Rep. Pat McElraft, who drafted the law, called the law a "breather" that allows the state to "step back" and continue studying sea -level rise for the next several years with the goal of achieving a more accurate prediction model.’ The State has developed awebsite, itsIntegrated Hazard Risk Management Program, which details natural catastrophe risks such as coastal flooding, wildfire, tornadoes, etc. and can be searched in detail. Currently this website is inactive for coastal flooding. One wonders whether out-of-state insurance actuaries will be bound by the law? And what would King Canute think of this?

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20. Nov 2014
Reported by Robert Holden, London


climate change (en), Flooding (en), coastal settlement (en), coastal management (en)

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