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Nearly 200 countries are wrapping up the annual United Nations Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany this week. Notably absent is the United States. This summer, President Trump declared he is pulling the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and holds countries accountable for limiting the rise in global temperatures.   But the move hasn’t stopped hundreds of climate scientists and researchers from participating, including Western Carolina University’s Rob Young, a geologist who directs The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.  Young spoke with BPR’s Helen Chickering shortly after he returned from Bonn.

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Recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey were a stark reminder of the catastrophic impacts of climate change.   But the words “climate change” have become so politically polarizing that some even avoid saying them.  In Asheville, that’s not the case. 

A report on sea level rise in North Carolina points to dozens of coastal communities that face chronic flooding over the next century. 

At least two wind farm developers say they will likely suspend their projects in North Carolina if a proposed moratorium goes into effect. 

Global warming and urbanization are threatening bee populations across the country. One factor in that threat is heat. At high temperatures, bees become unable to reproduce, fly or even walk.

So researchers from North Carolina State University recently set out to see just how much heat local wild bees could handle.

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Add North Carolina’s Attorney General to the list of those disappointed with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.  During a visit to downtown Asheville Tuesday, Josh Stein expressed his disappointment with the decision, saying it puts the nation’s economic future in peril.

A trade association representing energy organizations in the Carolinas say President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord will have little immediate effect on local energy companies.

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Reaction to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord is drawing swift reaction.  Andrew Jones is co-director of Climate Interactive, housed at The Collider in downtown Asheville.  He spoke with BPR shortly after the election to express optimism, despite then President-elect Trump's skepticism of climate science.  Now, Jones says he's outraged and more determined than ever to do all he can to slow the climate's warming.  He spoke Friday with BPR's Jeremy Loeb.

North Carolina's inland cities could have an unforeseen influx of residents from the coast due to sea level rise. 

Cape Lookout Lighthouse Switches To Solar

May 9, 2017

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse on the Crystal Coast will switch to a solar-powered system this week.

In many homes across the state, residents come home from work, turn on their lights, run their dishwashers and watch television or browse the Internet. They do all this without giving much thought to the electricity that courses for miles underground and through their house to power these devices.

The North Carolina Department of Revenue gave a record number of tax credits last year for renewable energy use.

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Andrew Jones is co-director of Climate Interactive, a non-profit international group with employees housed in Asheville's Collider climate change innovation center.    He stopped by WCQS a few weeks after the election of Donald Trump to speak with Jeremy Loeb about the group's work and what he called his hopeful outlook as many in the industry are concerned about having a so-called "climate denier" in the White House.  

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Environmental groups are worried about what a Trump presidency means for our changing climate.  But for the climate change innovation center The Collider, its effort to foster private sector climate change solutions could take on greater significance if the government falls behind.  Donald Trump has promised to relax environmental rules, pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, and called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China.  

Duke Energy has reached an agreement with developers of large solar farms that could limit where they build in North Carolina.  But officials say new procedures won't slow the growth of solar here.

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