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Sea-level rise 2Be sure to reserve your seat for next Thursday’s N.C. Policy Watch Crucial Conversation with Dr. Robert Young of Western Carolina University – “Getting our heads out of the sand: The facts about sea level rise and the future of the North Carolina coastline.”

Young is a Professor of Geology, an accomplished author and a nationally recognized expert on the future of our developed shorelines. Recent natural disasters like the BP gulf oil spill and Hurricane Sandy have also made him a sought-after media figure and commentator who has appeared on CNN, NPR and several other media outlets.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, November 20, at 12:00 p.m. — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets) Click here for parking info.

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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We made it – it’s Friday and a beautiful weekend is ahead. Get out there and enjoy it, because early next week we could have more than just a little rain on our hands.

What happens when a hurricane hits the U.S. during a federal government shutdown? Eight years after Katrina, I’m a little concerned. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Karen will hit the Gulf Coast at hurricane strength on Saturday.

The White House recalled some FEMA workers who are furloughed to help deal with the storm. Not clear from press accounts is whether or not those employees will be paid for their work.

In Florida, half of the members of the National Guard are not working, which will compromise their ability to respond to the effects of a hurricane.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has a great post up about all weather-related services affected by the federal government shutdown.

If you’re a weather geek like me, check out some of my favorite weather websites that are designed to make you (okay, me) feel like a bona fide meteorologist:

Have a great weekend!

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Sea-level rise 2Earth Magazine, a publication of the American Geosciences Institute, has a new featured article this week entitled: “Denying sea-level rise: How 100 centimeters divided the state of North Carolina.” It’s authored by a pair of Duke academics – Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey (who has contributed in the past to The Progressive Pulse).

“On the surface, it looks like America is a place where scientists and scientific achievements are held in high regard. Read More