A report on climate change released by 13 federal agencies last week provides a look at the consequences of climate change. A University of South Carolina geography professor was one of the authors of the report, representing the Southeast.
Kirstin Dow told South Carolina Radio Network sea rise is a concern for her. “We don’t know exactly how fast the sea level will rise or how much it’s going to rise,” she said. “But we know it’s rising.”
Mandated by Congress, the report outlines environmental impacts to the U.S., which could have serious consequences on the economy, infrastructure, and health. It warned the consequences in a worst-case scenario could cause a 10 percent impact to the nation’s GDP by the end of the century, due to lost productivity from weather and other causes.
The White House has dismissed the report. President Trump said he was skeptical of his own administration’s findings. “As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it — not nearly like it is,” he told the Washington Post.
Dow said rising sea levels are already creating more frequent flooding in the Lowcountry, particularly Charleston. “It continues to become worse,” she said. “We’re already seeing the impact from Miami to Charleston.”
She said there are other concerns as well related to climate change. “There is sort of a nexus of issues that we’re experiencing here in the Southeast.”