A legislative panel wrapping up four years of work says North Carolina state government should create a strategy on how it will adapt to changing weather patterns and climate in response to global warming.
A majority of members attending Thursday's Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change approved its final report to the full General Assembly that contained the adaptation strategy recommendation.
The report offered seven ideas to the Legislature, including urging agencies to consider how to reduce carbon-based emissions. The panel also wants shoreline maps drawn so climate-related changes can be monitored.
The panel also agreed climate changes are under way and projected to grow. It earlier agreed that human activity is a factor in these changes.
It also recommended creating two permanent global climate panels.
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