Climate


A view of a damaged trailer in Haywood County, NC, after historic flooding. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in Haywood County after the heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Fred devastated the area, putting businesses under 6 feet of water and mud and killing several.l 
Climate scientists warn that climate change will produce more frequent and violent storms in the years to come. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Climate Change Is Not a Warning for North Carolina – It’s Already Here.

A rural North Carolina advocate on the need for big climate change and infrastructure plans to offset the impacts on farms and families.

Devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Fred has rendered many beloved Carolina falls and hiking trails dangerous or inaccessible. Pisgah National Forest was especially impacted, with the bridge at Skinny Dip Falls obliterated and the path of the water permanently altered. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Storm Damage to Western North Carolina Closes Landmarks Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Many rivers, waterfalls, trails and roads are hazardous after Tropical Storm Fred. Here's a list of closures.

NCDOT workers assess damage to a bridge spanning the Pigeon River, Thursday in Bethel, N.C., (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)
Haywood County Starts Its Recovery From Catastrophic Flooding

Seven people are still missing and two are confirmed dead after Tropical Storm Fred tore through Western North Carolina this week. 

A sign warns motorists and others of flooding on New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach. A 2019 study by the Center for Climate Integrity, estimates that it will cost $724 million to adequately provide short term protection against flooding in N. Topsail. (Photo by Michael McElroy)
4 Ways the Biden Administration Wants to Slow Climate Change in NC

Joe Biden has made responding to climate change a priority of his presidency. Here’s what that means for North Carolina.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is pushing an aggressive renewable energy plan, called President Donald Trump a "climate arsonist" this year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
‘Clean Energy Revolution’: Where Joe Biden and Roy Cooper’s Climate Change Policies Converge

With the country facing economic and environmental calamity, here's how Joe Biden and Roy Cooper agree on climate change plans.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
‘Failure to Act is a Huge Crisis.’ NC Environmentalist Sees Promise in Biden Climate Plan

As California wildires burn, a NC environmentalist talks the sharp contrast of Biden and Trump's climate plans.

While the economic toll of 2020's wildfires is still not known, the US has experienced huge increases in billion-dollar weather disasters in the past four decades due to climate change (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
Billion-Dollar Disasters Are More Frequent Than Ever in the US—Wildfires Are Only Part of That Toll

Wildfires in the West will have an enormous financial toll, but they are part of a more worrying trend of huge financial losses tied to extreme weather events caused by climate change.