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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.

“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


Wind, Sun and Fire — The New York Times

Last year was the hottest on record, by a wide margin, which should — but won’t — put an end to climate deniers’ claims that global warming has stopped. The truth is that climate change just keeps getting scarier; it is, by far, the most important policy issue facing America and the world. Still, this election wouldn’t have much bearing on the issue if there were no prospect of effective action against the looming catastrophe.

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say — New York Times

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. “The whole system is warming up, relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

As planet warms, the world’s lakes are heating up even faster — The Washington Post

Lakes around the world are growing rapidly warmer, according to a new scientific study that warns of potential consequences ranging from depleted fisheries to harmful algae blooms that kill fish and contaminate water supplies for cities large and small.

Climate crisis won’t wait for world leaders — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by Jim Warren. The Paris agreement could be a step toward stabilizing global climate disruption, but only if it’s followed by massive and concerted action. This will require greater public engagement to overcome the clout of entrenched corporate laggards.

Africa is set to Burn — Media Advisory from Friends of the Earth Africa

I find FOE Africa’s reaction to climate talks thus far to be compelling and extremely…

Letters to the future: Will we finally tackle climate change? — INDY Week

NC WARN is honored to be among the voices in this special issue of INDY Week. Letters to the Future is a national project involving more than 40 alternative weeklies across the United States in which authors, artists, scientists and others draft letters to future generations of their own families, predicting the success or failure of the Paris climate talks—and the future that followed.

El Niño fueling most extreme tropical cyclone season on record in Northern Hemisphere — The Washington Post

By Jason Samenow In modern records, the Northern Hemisphere has never had as many super…

Rein in Duke Energy, Groups Tell Attorney General — News Release from NC WARN

An alliance of nonprofits today called for NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his explicit legal authority to enforce the corporate charter of Duke Energy, saying an investigation of the corporation’s North Carolina operations is required due to its history of criminality – from partnering with Enron to coal ash failures – and a rapidly advancing climate crisis that could see sea levels rise 10 feet by mid-century. See coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer and others.

Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One? — Democracy Now

As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth’s hottest year on record,…

Riveting Hansen study on sea level, superstorms — News Release from NC WARN

Riveting new study by Dr. James Hansen and 16 co-authors shows prospects for rapid sea level rise and damaging superstorms are worse than previously predicted. CBS Evening News and the Washington Post covered the story.

Documentary 2 A local filmmaker produced a short documentary on NC WARN’s partnership with Faith Community Church in our Emergency Climate Response and Solar Freedom campaigns. Click to watch the video and take action to help slow climate change!

JohnsonsAt our annual meeting in December, we presented the John O. Blackburn Award to Joyce and Rev. Nelson Johnson in recognition of their lifelong dedication to social justice.

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