A new federal report says cities on North Carolina's coastline would be threatened if sea levels increase.
The Associated Press says the study focused on states from North Carolina to New York with moderately high sea level increases.
North Carolina has large areas less than 2 feet above sea level.
The region has extensive coastal development with a large
The report says if the sea level rises 3 feet during this century, some barrier islands will break apart. The report says the Outer Banks are especially vulnerable.
Carteret County shore protection officer Greg Rudolph says people accept that the sea level is rising. But Rudolph says planning for something over decades is hard. He says people tend to focus on issues over the typical four-year election cycle.
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