global warming

New report highlights clouds in solar growth for North Carolina

Over the last few years North Carolina has emerged as a national leader in solar power. But according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center titled “Lighting The Way,” the story might not be as bright as often told. While North Carolina ranks fourth for solar installation in terms of overall capacity, the state ranks tenth per capita, behind cloudier states like New Jersey and Massachusetts. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

N.C. falls behind in offshore wind

North Carolina could reap tremendous environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind, but is failing behind other states in developing the resource, according to a new report from Environment North Carolina and the National Wildlife Federation. The report, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power, analyzes and compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore wind.

North Carolina leaders come together to praise new carbon pollution standards

Today, a broad cross section of community and elected leaders joined Environment North Carolina to praise the newly announced federal carbon pollution limits for power plants, the leading cause of climate change. Members from the medical, faith, and business communities all the lauded public health and other benefits the new rule will have for North Carolinians.

“This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families, our environment, and our clean energy economy,” said state representative Pricey Harrison. “It gives North Carolina a chance to increase jobs generating wind and solar power, and improved energy efficiency; jobs that cannot be outsourced. We are already a leader in the South, and I look forward to helping our state become a national leader in the clean energy economy.”

Sen. Kay Hagan Calls for Action on Climate

Washington, DC—Thursday evening on the Senate floor, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan made an impassioned speech on the threat of global warming to North Carolina’s future. Dave Rogers, Field Director with Environment North Carolina, issued the following statement in response:

“Sen. Hagan showed Thursday that she understands the urgency of addressing global warming. She understands what failing to act could mean for North Carolina’s famous coastline and our agricultural heritage. Given the PR campaign by the dirty energy industry to spread junk science and deny climate change, we thank the senator for standing up with science and speaking the truth.”

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon, But North Carolina Could Do More

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina is emerging as a leader in solar energy, but it still lags far behind other states when it comes to cutting carbon pollution, the leading cause of global warming. According to an new Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center report, “Moving America Forward”, North Carolina’s 2007 renewable energy law and federal energy efficiency laws have allowed the state to reduce as many carbon emissions as taking 562,500 cars off the road each year.

“By using energy more efficiently, and by generating more power from clean, renewable sources, we could dramatically reduce the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change,” said Graham Givens, clean energy associate with Environment North Carolina. “North Carolina has done a lot to promote solar power, but given our history of innovation, we can do even more.”

Global warming has winter games skating on thin ice

Raleigh, NC – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment North Carolina revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

“North Carolina maybe feeling the effects of a particularly harsh winter, but when it comes to the future of winter sports, global warming has us skating on thin ice,” said Graham Givens, Clean Energy Associate, with Environment North Carolina. “There’s still time to keep from sliding off the edge by going after the biggest sources of the carbon pollution fueling global warming.”

North Carolina Leaders Urge Action on Climate Change

Thirty-three concerned public officials from across North Carolina urged the federal government Thursday to take bold steps to reduce global warming pollution.

In an open letter to President Barack Obama, local officials from Buncombe County to Morehead City expressed support for the president’s climate action plan, and asked for continued action to reduce the pollution that is causing global warming, which is already impacting communities throughout North Carolina.

“North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford “From more severe droughts and storms to sea level rise to changes in agricultural productivity, scientists warn that we could see even more frequent and severe extreme weather if we do not dramatically reduce our global warming pollution. “

New Report: North Carolina is Falling Behind in Offshore Wind Race

As states up and down the east coast move forward with plans to develop wind farms off their shores, North Carolina continues to lag behind according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina. While North Carolina has more offshore wind potential than any other Atlantic state, the state is falling behind in taking advantage of this clean, homegrown energy source.

“North Carolina actually has the potential to power our entire state using offshore wind,” said Graham Givens of Environment North Carolina. “If we were to develop just a fraction of the wind energy resources off North Carolina’s coast, we could easily meet 20% of the state’s energy needs.”

North Carolinians Call for Action on Global Warming on the one-year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Durham– On the one-year of anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, environmental advocates, local residents, small business owners and members of the clergy joined together to pledge their support for action against global warming. The event highlighted the large amount of public support for the EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for future power plants, included in the president’s national climate action plan.

“From rising sea levels to increased flooding, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming,” said Graham Givens, clean energy associate at Environment North Carolina. “Power plants are the nation’s largest single source of carbon pollution and here in North Carolina, power plants account for more than half of our total global warming pollution. If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ significant contribution to global warming”

Offset your carbon footprint

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As of 2008, NC GreenPower also offers carbon offsets to address growing concerns about the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. The program accepts financial contributions from citizens and businesses to help offset the cost to produce green energy. There is no limit on the number of $4 blocks an individual, organization or business can purchase.

If you're not sure just how much carbon you need to offset, there's a neat calculator on this page.

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