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Climate Crisis

“We have a planetary emergency.”
— NASA climatologist James Hansen, October 2012
Read about his 2015 report showing sea level could rise as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years or watch a 15-minute video explanation.

“The climate crisis [has] morphed from a ‘grandchildren’ problem to a banging-down-the-door problem.”
— Author Naomi Klein, September 2014

“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.”
— Princeton climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, September 2014

“The whole system is warming up, relentlessly.”
— Gerald A. Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research, January 2016


Folks, it is time to be alarmed about climate change — The News & Observer

If our children’s children are going to be able to live meaningful lives upon this planet, we must all study and become alarmed about the changes that we have caused in the atmosphere, the ocean and the earth itself during the past 100 years.

Three-year Heat Wave Continues Unabated — Note to Journalists from NC WARN

NASA reported this week that the ongoing, three-year record global heatwave continues, with August tying July as the hottest month ever recorded.

Hottest Year: Duke Energy’s Role — Commentary by NC WARN

Cornell experts and others say that reducing methane leakage and venting throughout the US natural gas industry is the quickest – and only – way to slow global warming in time. As Dr. Robert Howarth emphasizes, “The climate responds very quickly to methane”, a super-potent heat-trapping gas. So curbing methane is all-important.

July was ‘absolutely’ Earth’s hottest month ever recorded — The Washington Post

NOAA and NASA data reveal the Earth’s temperature reached its highest point in 136 years of record-keeping during July.

As Climate Tipping Point Nears, Duke Energy Lags Behind Other Utilities on Renewables — WCHL

Commentary by Jim Warren. Global temperatures in 2016 are near the tipping point that could cause global warming to surge forward under its own momentum. The heating is happening much faster than scientists expected even a year ago.

As Climate Tipping Point Nears, Many Utilities are Powering Forward with Renewables: Duke Energy, Others are Greenwashing Laggards — Note to Editors from NC WARN

Two recent studies combine perfectly to indicate why NC WARN is laser-focused on persuading or requiring Duke Energy to immediately stop its massive expansion of fracked gas and stop holding back the Clean Energy Revolution.

El Nino is gone, but Earth’s record heat is sticking around — Associated Press

Earth's persistent record 2016 heat is now dancing near levels that a world agreement is trying to avoid, federal scientists said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that globally , June was the 14th straight record hot month.

130 Groups Seek Investigation of EPA Methane Scandal — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN sent the Inspector General of the US EPA a statement signed by 130 diverse organizations calling for an investigation into our June 8 complaint that scientific fraud and cover-up by agency officials has already wasted crucial years in slowing the climate crisis and has enhanced hazards for gas facility workers and neighbors.

Temperature Record Shattered Again in May per NOAA

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for May 2016 was the highest for May in the 137-year period of record, at 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F), besting the previous record set in 2015 by 0.02°C (0.04°F). May 2016 marks the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken—the longest such streak since global temperature records began in 1880.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return — TruthOut

Anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) has been speeding up with each passing year, Changes that normally occur over a matter of centuries are transpiring over decades. Read more.
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