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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

Please Tell the People: Global Heat Wave Continues in 2017; Methane from Fracking is Major Cause – Note to News Editors from NC WARN

The nation’s largest carbon-polluting utility is trying to build up to 20 fracked gas-fired power plants in the Carolinas alone, plus the $5.6 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline to supply those plants with fracked gas. Thus Duke Energy is responsible for much of the methane emissions that are now driving the climate crisis.

Ending fracking’s methane releases is crucial to averting a climate crisis — News & Observer

Op-Ed by Jim Warren. The fracking boom of recent years – which poisons air and water in thousands of communities and causes earthquakes – has also accelerated the climate crisis at the worst possible time. The good news is that scientists say reducing methane emissions can slow warming in the crucial short term, buying more time to replace fossil fuels with renewables and slowing deforestation.

Calendar says winter, climate says spring — Associated Press

Spring has sprung early – potentially record early – in much of the United States, bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about a climate gone askew.

Earth sets heat record for third straight year — The Boston Globe

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Niño that’s now gone.

Duke Energy Sidestepping Pollution Controls at Duke University Project – News Release and Letter from NC WARN

Duke Energy is attempting to save money by avoiding standard pollution controls at the fracked gas-fired power plant it proposes to build on the Duke University campus. This would allow a key respiratory pollutant to be emitted at a rate ten times higher than allowed at most other facilities – and the plant would be disastrous for the climate.

Scientists watch growing Antarctic crack but aren’t alarmed — Naples Herald

Scientists are watching, but not alarmed by, a growing crack at the edge of a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica. The long-watched rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew 11 miles in the last few weeks. The crack is now about 60 miles long and about 300 feet wide. If it grows another dozen miles, a Delaware-sized iceberg could break off and float away.

Global warming’s fingerprints seen in 24 weird weather cases — Associated Press

An annual report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found climate change was a factor, however small or large, in 24 of 30 strange weather events.

Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate — The New York Times

Homeowners are slowly growing wary of buying property in the areas most at risk, setting up a potential economic time bomb in an industry that is struggling to adapt.

Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions — Earth System Dynamics

By James Hansen. Continued high fossil fuel emissions unarguably sentences young people to either a massive, possibly implausible cleanup or growing deleterious climate impacts or both, scenarios that should provide both incentive and obligation for governments to alter energy policies without further delay.

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.
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