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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

Sub-categories

Will Anyone Stand Up to Duke Energy?

Extreme weather is harming millions and approaching a chaotic tipping point. Charlotte-based Duke Energy is…

Ads Press Gubernatorial Candidates to Stand up to Duke Energy, Help Slow Climate Catastrophe — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is spending donations from its members to take straight to the statewide public the message that climate chaos is a hyper-urgent harm that demands a new kind of civic leadership, public debate and engagement.

Journalists must Examine Duke Claims on Climate Impacts — News Release from NC WARN

Note to Journalists: Please scrutinize Duke PR claims – and those of its critics – as our society faces existential decisions about energy, climate and democracy. Duke Energy’s long-range business model relies squarely on the public not learning the basics of the Charlotte corporation’s massive expansion of methane-leaking natural gas as it pertains to the global warming crisis.

Gwynne Dyer: Climate change: you’re getting warmer — The Telegram

If you spend a lot of time talking to scientists about climate change, there’s one word you’ll hear time and time again, and yet it’s hardly ever mentioned in the public discussion of climate change. The word is “non-linear.”

Protecting health of North Carolinians means addressing climate change — The News & Observer

A new comprehensive report offers details on how the increasing numbers of extreme weather events are affecting air and water quality, challenging the ability of health care facilities to respond to community needs, compromising food and water supplies, exacerbating existing illnesses and disparities, and threatening to overwhelm people emotionally.

NOAA Warns Insurance Industry of 9-10 foot Sea Level Rise — Insurance Journal

Think sea level rise will be moderate and something we can all plan for? Think again. Sea levels could rise by much more than originally anticipated, and much faster, according to new data being collected by scientists studying the melting West Antarctic ice sheet – a massive sheet the size of Mexico.

NC WARN challenges the NC media on climate, Duke Energy & Duke’s Response– The News & Observer

The elephant in the room is Duke Energy, the nation’s largest carbon-polluting utility, based in Charlotte. Duke is driving carbon emissions higher at the worst possible time. By planning to build 15 fracking-gas power plants in the Carolinas and pipelines to supply them, Duke is crashing headlong into some cold, hard facts: Methane leakage is the nation’s leading greenhouse gas problem and fracking economics is increasingly risky.

Arctic sea ice dips to record low: NASA [VIDEO]

A NASA scientist warns that "what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic" as the region's sea ice dips to a record low after an unusually warm winter.

We had all better hope these scientists are wrong about the planet’s future — Washington Post

An influential group of scientists led by James Hansen, the former NASA scientist often credited with having drawn the first major attention to climate change in 1988 congressional testimony, has published a dire climate study that suggests the impact of global warming will be quicker and more catastrophic than generally envisioned.

February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount — The Guardian

February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by NASA. The unprecedented leap led scientists, usually wary of highlighting a single month’s temperature, to label the new record a “shocker” and warn of a “climate emergency."

ECR2 VideoClick the image above to watch our new 30-second video. Then visit our Emergency Climate Response page to see how you can help make sure our leaders stand up to Duke Energy.

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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