Pilkey’s Latest Word on Sea Level Rise


“A French beach cleared of homes shows NC the way,” written by Orrin Pilkey and published in the News & Observer on Febrary 24th, 2019, describes one possible solution for preparing the Carolina coastline for the imminent threat of sea level rise.

Pilkey writes: “As the French minister of the environment said, we need to act now. We need to altogether halt North Carolina beachfront construction, especially the now favorite three-story McMansions. We should stop constructing all hard coastal engineering structures, which ultimately damage or destroy the beaches. We must move back or demolish threatened buildings. And after future storms, we should prohibit repair or replacement of damaged buildings. Currently, damaged buildings are often replaced by larger ones. All of these events are happening right now. All regulations concerning development on our barrier islands must realistically recognize climate change, sea-level rise and the retreating shoreline….”

Read more via the News & Observer site HERE.

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