King Canute Backs North Carolina Shore Bill

King Canute Backs North Carolina Shore Bill

North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission, using current scientific data, estimated a 39-inch rise in sea level by the year 2100.  Developers of beach houses, marinas, and seaside resorts don’t want to hear about it, so a bill has been introduced in the state legislature making scientific estimates of changes in sea level illegal.

Just like legendary King Canute, North Carolina’s politicians want to order the sea to stop rising. Maybe Canute was really a  Tarheel Republican climate change denialist.


“Climate Change: North Carolinians Hope to Stop It in Its Tracks,” Bill Chameides, Huffington Post

“NC Considers Making Sea Level Rise Illegal,” Scott Huler, Scientific American blog

Read Knight Science Journalism Tracker post here.


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Image (“King Canute Tours North Carolina Shoreline”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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2 Responses to “King Canute Backs North Carolina Shore Bill”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Sea Level Rise Is Tied to Prevalence of Homosexuality,” Deep Sea News

    “Update: Revised North Carolina Sea Level Rise Bill Goes to Governor,” Jane J. Lee, Science Insider

  2. Climate Change and Surfing: It’s a Bummer, Dude. « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] Except in North Carolina, of course, where sea level change is against the law. […]

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