Climate Change

The Monroe solar farm, on about 400 acres off South Rocky River Road, has about 684,000 solar panels.
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Duke Energy has set a goal of doubling the renewable energy it produces or buys by 2025. The new target is in the company's annual sustainability report out Tuesday.

Battered By Matthew And Florence, NC Must Brace For More Intense Storms

Apr 26, 2020
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Across the low-lying coastal plains of North Carolina, it's not uncommon to see abandoned homes ruined by the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence two years ago in September.

Caught Off Guard: The American Southeast Struggles With Climate Change

Jan 27, 2020

Like hundreds of other cities, Louisville, Kentucky, is searching for a path to address climate change. Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a climate emergency, proposed a climate action plan and set a goal of reducing citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. 

Gov. Roy Cooper (seated) signed Executive Order 80 in 2018 at SAS Institute's solar farm in Cary.  With him were DEQ Secretary Michael Regan (right) and SAS executive Jerry Williams.
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With the federal government's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, state and local governments in North Carolina have set their own ambitious goals for addressing climate change. Now, they're puzzling over how to carry out the big changes needed to reach those goals - such as switching to electric vehicles and shifting to more renewable energy. At least for now, it's still mostly data-gathering and discussion. 

drought
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North Carolina is on track to experience the most significant changes to its climate ever by the end of this century, according to a new report.

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The federal government’s leading atmospheric research agency published data this week showing 2019 was North Carolina’s hottest year on record.

Climate Change Poses Threats To NC Christmas Tree Crop

Dec 5, 2019
Fir trees
Pixabay

Thoughts of Yuletide and climate change don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but the state’s Christmas trees are not immune to the threats.

Greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily for the past decade despite the current and future threat posed by climate change, according to a new United Nations report.

The annual report compares how clean the world's economies are to how clean they need to be to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change — a disparity known as the "emissions gap."

Harvard-Yale Game Delayed At Halftime By Student Protest

Nov 23, 2019
protesters sit at midfield of the Yale Bowl
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Protesters wearing the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game. Most left after about an hour when they were escorted off by police; a handful who remained were told by police they were under arrest.

Federal officials have opened three areas off the N.C. coast for wind farm license. Avangrid Renewables has the license for the northern area, off the Outer Banks.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Gov. Roy Cooper says it's time to end legislative battles over wind energy and make sure it's part of a future clean energy system in North Carolina.

Greta Thunberg
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More than 1,000 people gathered outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center on Friday afternoon to join a student strike calling for action on climate change -- and to hear 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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Charlotte youth climate striker Mary Ellis Stevens was inspired to start weekly vigils outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center eight months ago after learning about 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. This Friday, she'll have Thunberg at her side. 

A Wood Thrush bird
Audubon Society

A new report says two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction or loss of habitat due to rising global temperatures. The report from the Audubon Society outlines the potential impact if temperatures rise by three different scenarios: 1.5, 2, and 3 degrees Celsius. 

Duke Energy hopes to replace its Asheville coal-fired power plant with this gas plant later this year.
Duke Energy

A Duke University climate scientist and 27 former federal environmental officials are calling on Gov. Roy Cooper to order a halt on building new gas pipelines and power plants in North Carolina. 

Governor Cooper speaks at the Climate Change Interagency Council in September.
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

State officials are proposing electric vehicle tax credits and an expanded network of charging stations on state roads as part of their efforts to reduce carbon emissions — but they’re still not sure how much it will cost or how to fund their plans. The proposals are part of the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council, which met last Friday.

Public comments are due Sept. 9 on the draft plan.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

State environmental officials have released the draft of a proposed North Carolina Clean Energy Plan, a requirement of Governor Roy Cooper's executive order on climate change last year. 

Map shows areas that would have high numbers of dangerously hot days late in this century (red), without global action to fight climate change.
Union of Concerned Scientists

Rising temperatures from global warming will more than double the number of dangerously hot days across the United States by 2050 unless the country does more to fight the problem. That's according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, which says the Southeast could see the biggest effects of rising temperatures.

Mary Ellis Stevens was striking for climate action Friday with from left, Julia Duffy and Alyssa Smith of Myers Park High School, Julia Caussil of Hopewell
David Boraks / WFAE

For the past seven Fridays, 14-year-old Mary Ellis Stevens of Charlotte has skipped classes at Trinity Episcopal School and staged what she calls a School Strike for Climate outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. It's not about getting a day off - she's following the lead of other young activists trying to build a global youth movement to fight climate change.

Former New York Mayor met with Mayor Vi Lyles (left) and other city officials at Seventh Street Public Market before Wednesday's announcement.
David Boraks / WFAE

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Charlotte Wednesday to announce a $2.5 million grant from his foundation toward the city's efforts to fight climate change. It's part of a $70 million campaign to tackle a problem Bloomberg said Congress and the White House are ignoring.

The Charlotte skyline.
Flickr/Charlie Cowins

 

Charlotte City Council members will hold their last scheduled business meeting of the year on Monday.  One item up for consideration is a plan designed to ensure that Charlotte achieves sustainable energy goals and greenhouse gas reductions in the coming decades.  

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