Climate change, as we know, is a serious contender on why animals have become extinct in the past. It is also what can potentially impact us humans as time goes on, but not in a good way. Sea level rise refers to an increase in the volume of water in the world's oceans, resulting in an increase in global mean sea level. Sea level rise is usually attributed to global climate change by thermal expansion of the water in the oceans and by melting of ice sheets and glaciers on land. This issue will affect millions of people as the seas invade the world’s coastal cities, drown the atoll nations, and devastate much of barrier island and river delta civilizations ("NC must act now to avoid a disaster as sea levels rise"). Although this is a global disaster, NC has taken a recent interest on finding a way to prevent destruction from the sea. However, unlike other states, NC is in more of a pickle. Our 18 barrier islands fronting the entire NC coast will be especially affected if this sea level change were to occur. No need to worry quite yet. Governor Roy Cooper and his administration have the ability to make changes to avoid the danger the rising sea levels can cause. We could refrain from constructing buildings and other projects too close to the beach. Certain engineering structures along the shoreline could help keep the water out, but unfortunately, also damage the beaches. I am interested in this issue because although it is not major yet, it will one day be a serious problem unless we take action. Hopefully this post will inspire others to want to do something about the rising sea levels too because this situation affects everyone. If they want to avoid floods and other dangers this may cause, something needs to be done.
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