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Climate Crisis

“We have a planetary emergency,” NASA climatologist James Hansen said of climate change in October 2012. Superstorms and dangerous floods and droughts are already wreaking havoc around the world. Hansen and other experts warn we must act now – in what author Naomi Klein calls “this fateful decade” if we are to avoid runaway, irreversible damage. Instead, the UN’s meteorological agency reported that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere actually increased in 2014, prompting Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer to remark: “We’re probably getting to the point where we’re looking at the ‘safe zone’ in the rearview mirror, even as we’re stepping on the gas.” Solutions are at hand. They are readily available and economically advantageous. Help NC WARN push policymakers and Duke Energy to step up to the plate.

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NC WARN Hosts Dr. William Schlesinger

NC WARN hosts prominent climate scientist Dr. William Schlesinger for a discussion about the current state of the climate crisis and its impacts.

Duke Energy: A Global Game Changer for the Climate

Video: NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren explains why North Carolina is a pivotal state for the future of climate change.

Global CO2 emissions ‘stalled’ in 2014 — BBC News

The growth in global carbon emissions stalled last year, according to data from the International Energy Agency. It marks the first time in 40 years that annual CO2 emissions growth has remained stable, in the absence of a major economic crisis, the agency said.

We Don’t Know What the F*ck We’re Talking About (video) — The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert Sums Up GOP on Climate Change

Climate Change is a People’s Shock — The Nation

The research I’ve done over the past five years has convinced me that climate change represents a historic opening for progressive transformation. As part of the project of getting our emissions down to the levels so many climate scientists recommend, we have the chance to advance policies that dramatically improve lives, close the gap between rich and poor, create huge numbers of good jobs, and reinvigorate democracy from the ground up.

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change — NPR’s Morning Edition

A seven-year study published Tuesday by the National Audubon Society warns that the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America are now or soon will be threatened by climate change.

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns — The Washington Post

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.

Drought Conditions Wreak Havoc On Latin America — NPR’s Morning Edition

Parts of Latin America are severely parched. The drought is fueling clashes, forcing rationing, decimating crops and affecting travel through the Panama Canal.

California drought: Drilling deeper in the hunt for water — BBC

By Alastair Leithead
Taps are running dry in California’s Central Valley as the worst drought…

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt — The New York Times

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries.

In her 2014 book This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein pulls no punches in stating the severity of the climate crisis.
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