New Research Finds W.Va. to See More Extreme Weather and Heat by End of Century


On this West Virginia Morning, as the climate continues to change, ongoing research considers how the Mountain State will have to adapt. We hear from researchers looking closely at the matter. We also hear a conversation with author Christy Smith on her debut novel “Killed It.”

Earlier this month, the United Nations released a report that warns climate change is threatening the world’s food supply. The agency found that a half-billion people already live in places where water is growing scarce. Extreme weather events tied to climate change such as floods and droughts will further disrupt global food systems.

New research from West Virginia University finds more extreme weather and warmer temperatures are also expected in West Virginia by the end of the century. Reporter Brittany Patterson sat down with WVU associate professor Nicolas Zegre to talk about how climate change is projected to affect the Mountain State.

Christy Smith’s debut novel “Killed It” is a thriller with a twist. Smith, who writes under the pen name Lulu Smith, is a full-time lawyer and talks about the balance between the law and writing fiction in this interview with Eric Douglas.

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Our news director is Jesse Wright. Our producer is Glynis Board.