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Welcome to the Changing Tides newsletter! Here's a preview of what to expect. 

Thank you for signing up to receive this special newsletter from Carolina Public Press. We hope you find it informative and that it enriches your experience of reading the four-part “Changing Tides” series.

If you know North Carolina, you likely know about its coast. From beaches to Outer Banks, small towns and historic culture, the North Carolina coast is iconic.

But climate change is posing challenges. Over the last two decades, erratic weather patterns in North Carolina have led to extended periods of extreme drought and unprecedentedly high rainfall, making the state's ecology subject to destabilizing swings. It contributes to rising seas, plus more frequent and severe storms.

The impact on the coastal fisheries, on which commercial and recreational fishing rely, is strong and measurable. Extreme weather events coupled with changes in shifting fish species wreak havoc on the state’s fisheries, operations that contribute millions of dollars to the state’s economy.

They also threaten the culture and the lifestyle of many coastal communities and residents who subsist on nutrition from the sea. Recognizing and addressing these issues has become a source of tension between lawmakers, environmentalists and anglers.

Over the course of this newsletter series, you’ll receive companion articles, resources and insights that will go deeper into these issues and the series, available for free on beginning Sept. 13. Special content will help you learn more about how governments and citizens working together can help solve the effects of extreme weather on the industries and the communities that depend on North Carolina waters. 

Coming up in this special newsletter series

  • What is climate change and why does it matter to coastal North Carolina?
  • Seagrass: The building blocks of coastal ecosystems
  • The Watermen: Talking to the fisherman
  • Culture and Coastal Climate Change
We’ll also send you a recap of the newsletter series, answer your questions and provide links and additional resources that will help you continue your exploration of these issues and possible solutions.
More than 300 miles of ocean and sound shoreline shape North Carolina's economy, culture and politics. In our four-part series, Changing Tides, lead environmental contributing reporter Jack Igelman and photographer Mark Darrough explored the many facets of the coast from the tiniest sea creature, to the king mackerel, to better understand the way climate change shapes our coastline and our state. The series begins at on Sept. 13.   

The Changing Tides series is made possible in part with support from the Pulitzer Center Connected Coastlines initiative, a nationwide climate reporting initiative in U.S. coastal states, and through the support of readers like you.

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