Despite a well-funded public relations offensive by polluting industries, by 2001 scientific consensus was solid: Rising global temperatures are primarily caused by burning fossil fuels. Since then, evidence is mounting that 1) global warming is advancing rapidly; 2) rising temperatures are driving extreme weather; 3) the rate of warming is accelerating at a disturbing pace; and 4) we are rapidly approaching a point of no return.
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As your excellent article (“Your 100-year forecast,” Jan. 30) reflected, despite naysayers like author Michael Crichton, there is broad scientific consensus that global warming is occurring much faster than expected and that the rate is accelerating. Severe impacts are being felt in many places, and climate experts express growing concern about potential “tipping points” and runaway warming.
The article below preceded the rash of storms devastating the U.S. west coast and this weekend’s massive storm lashing northern Europe with winds over 100mph that closed airports, bridges and nuclear plants.
A summary of the science and the consequences for North Carolina and the rest of the planet.
Charlotte Observer Sunday, May 9, 2004 North Carolina’s disappearing coast JACK BETTS RALEIGH – RALEIGH — North Carolina’s coast is disappearing. Each year, rising sea level gently floods more land in Eastern North Carolina as faraway glaciers melt. And every so often, relentless northeasters and ferocious hurricanes come along, pounding …
WHAT IS DIOXIN AND WHERE IS IT FOUND? Dioxin is one of the most potent man-made toxins currently known. It is the unavoidable byproduct of the manufacture, use and disposal of thousands of products containing chlorine, including PVC plastic, many pesticides and chlorine-bleached paper products. Various forms of dioxin and …
Stanly County citizens and their environmental allies gained a hard-won victory today when state environmental officials signed a deal with Carolina Solite for the company to give up its permit to burn hazardous waste.
Thanks to Dr. Zell McGee for providing the overview of this study. The American Journal of Public Health published, “Respiratory Disease Associated with Community Air Pollution and a Steel Mill,” in 1989 by Pope, C.A., III. In a Utah county when a coal-fired industry that was inactive started up again, …