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State of Change

Sea level rise and coastal erosion are directly impacting the coastline, and extreme weather events bring the impacts of climate change inland. In our State of Change project, you'll hear from North Carolinians directly about the effects of climate change in their communities and the innovative solutions they're pioneering to build a more resilient state.

State of Change premieres Wednesday, 4/20, 7 PM on PBS NC and is streaming now online and on the PBS Video app. Explore digital stories and additional reporting below.

State of Change is produced with support from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative.

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Explore Climate Change Stories

Hear from North Carolinians in these stories about climate change effects & innovative solutions across the state. Click the images to take a deeper dive.

Tracey faces the ocean with her surfboard. Text is "When I come out here I see that nature is miraculous and gives us many tools to adapt." -Tracy Skrabal
Charles looks up among the trees. Text is "Because [these trees] are almost 3000 years old, they give us the story of weather east of the Rockies." -Charles Robbins
Morty stands on his boat. Text is "I feel like climate change has added a layer of difficult to fishing." -Morty Gaskill
Samantha examines honeycomb. Text is "I always say planting is a revolutionary act. I believe it's the little things that will make the biggest changes in the future." -Samantha Winship

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Panel Discussion with Local Experts

Following a preview screening of State of Change, Sci NC's Frank Graff moderates a conversation with local leaders and scientists about the effects of climate change on North Carolinians and innovative solutions our communities are leading on.

Participating panelists include Dr. Kathie Dello (Director, State Climate Office), Todd Miller (Director, NC Coastal Federation), Dr. Amanda Martin (Chief Resilience Officer, NC Office of Recovery & Resilience), Dr. Miyuki Hino (Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

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The town of Princeville rebuilds with "flood proofing" in mind.

Will beach nourishment programs buy time for coastal towns?

Hardening the shoreline with a bulkhead is bad for ecosystems.

Saving coastal marshes may help survival of the saltmarsh sparrows.

Coastal cities are more vulnerable to "nuisance flooding."

Explore More Climate Change Reporting from the Sci NC Team