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North Carolina State Profile and Energy Estimates

North Carolina rises from its Atlantic Ocean coastline to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River—Mount Mitchell, which stands more than a mile above sea level at 6,684 feet. The state’s terrain ranges from the barrier islands of the Outer Banks in the east, where North Carolina is brushed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, across the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont region to the heavily forested spine of the Appalachian Mountains in the west.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets and Market-based Policies

States have implemented a variety of policies aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At least 16 states and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation establishing GHG emissions reduction requirements, with more requiring state agencies to report or inventory GHG emissions. Other states, such as New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, have recently committed to statewide GHG reduction goals through executive action, but do not currently have binding statutory targets.


The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in North Carolina

Between 2017 and 2019, North Carolina experienced five tropical cyclones, five severe storms, two winter storms, and one freeze. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.


North Carolina Coastal Flooding

Climate change causing more nuisance flooding in North Carolina. Today, North Carolina has 122,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, an additional 44,000 people are projected to be at risk due to sea level rise.


What Climate Change Means for North Carolina

North Carolina’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed one-half to one degree (F) in the last century, and the sea is rising about one inch every decade.