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.
Global Temperature Records
2016 was the third year in a row to set the average global temperature record. Of the 17 hottest years, 16 have occurred since 2000. The five hottest years have all occurred since 2010. Read the complete global temperature analysis for 2016 by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
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New Initiative Targets 2020 in Race to Tackle Dangerous Climate Change — United Nations Climate Change
London, April 10, 2017: A group of leading climate and business experts today identified the year 2020 as a game changing opportunity to turn the tide on the devastating impacts of carbon emissions. Convened by Christiana Figueres – former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the group met today in London to encourage urgent action in the next three years.
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.
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.
Jim Warren: First, renewables; later, nuclear retirement — The News & Observer
Op-Ed by Jim Warren. The climate responds quickly to methane, so reducing emissions can slow global warming in the short term. North Carolinians must require Duke Energy to stop its massive fracked gas expansion and help avoid climate chaos.
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.
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.