Charleston could face serious problems from global warming

Charleston could face serious problems from global warming

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston could face serious problems if this country doesn't take steps to curb global warming, according to the National Climate Assessment released on Tuesday.

The report points to human activity as the cause leading to extreme weather events; the earth's ice melting and the sea level rising.

Charleston could be among the southeastern region's most severely impacted with a projected sea level increase of one to four feet this century. That compares to eight inches in the last century.

The southeast region is home to more than 80 million people with some of the fastest growing metro regions. According to the report, it is the highest energy user of any region in the country and is home to the most billion-dollar disasters.

In addition to rising sea levels, the area can expect more extreme heat events, hurricanes and reduction in the amount of water available to serve the area.  The climate change would impact the health of people, the economy, the port, crops and our forests.

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