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      Could climate change affect small businesses?

      The American Sustainable Business Council, the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the Winyah Rivers Foundation held a press conference at Prince Resort Thursday to address the threat of rising seas to local communities and call for a state and federal response.

      Speakers addressed the consequences to small businesses as a result of climate change, and highlighted the benefits of investing in renewable energy and other measures that can both boost the local economy and reduce carbon pollution.

      The American Sustainable Business Council released a report in July that highlights how small businesses are particularly at risk from extreme weather and climate change.

      The effects of rising sea levels in South Carolina have already been documented.

      Dennis Allen, a professor at the University of South Carolina says in the past 35 years sea levels have risen four inches.

      Changes in sea level, temperature, salinity, and other factors will likely have devastating economic and ecological effects on fish, shrimp, and crab populations in coming decades.

      Marc Jordan, president of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce says the best thing people can do to help reduce sea levels from rising is to become energy efficient.