With everything else going on in our country and world, Gov. Cooper's update at the end of Climate Week on his plans to reduce NC's greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2025 didn't get much attention. He set that goal a year ago and created a Climate Change Interagency Council to develop a plan to reach it. The Council presented its first report on Sept. 27. Although praised by several environmental advocacy groups such as the Southern Environmental Law Center and the League of Conservation Voters, some activists protested that it didn't go far enough as NC has not revoked permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (on hold because of legal challenges) or addressed the deforestation and biomass production of the wood pellet industry. Cooper says those issues will be part of the Council's ongoing discussion. At least the Executive Branch is acknowledging and beginning to act on this crisis, unlike the legislative leadership in Raleigh, who continue to pretend that there's nothing to worry about.
WRAL produced an excellent series of Climate Week articles on the impact of climate change in central and eastern NC:
- NC failed to learn lessons of Hurricane Floyd
- Is recent flooding trend related to climate change?
- Climate change may cause NC farmers to consider different crops
- Two factors make NC mosquito season longer
- NC is seeing fewer insects, and that's not a good thing
- Documentary, Sea Change
- Wetter climate brewing trouble for craft beer industry
- More here.
The N&O held a Hurricane Forum during Climate Week, read about it here (paywall, limited free views/month). From Facing South, Duke Energy's new climate plan has a fracked gas problem.
NC Policy Watch is fortunate to have investigative journalist Lisa Sorg digging into a wide range of subjects about the NC environment, catch up on them here. Sorg recently received national recognition in the form of a Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, we're lucky to have her here! Here's one more NCPW piece from the UN Climate ActionSummit, What does 2 degrees of warming really mean for NC?
NC also is fortunate to have an environmental advocate in Attorney General Josh Stein, who has joined in numerous lawsuits against the Trump Administration's anti-environment policies:
- Endangered species rollback
- Clean air rollback
- Stop plan to censor science or face lawsuit (N&O, paywall)
- Withdrew from earlier lawsuit suing the federal goverment for Obama-era environmental regulations
- Summary of 2018 actions.
Attorney General Stein is a keeper, we need to re-elect him in 2020!
Check out Stamp NC Blue's April 29 post for lots of resources, environmental bill-tracking links, and great NC environmental organizations.
And to end on a positive note, I'm moved and inspired by Greta Thunberg and other youthful environment activists who are committed to sounding the alarm, confronting politicians, and making adults everywhere uncomfortable about our complacence and complicity. Read about a few of them: CNN, Madame Noire, The Conversation, Earthday, Vice.
What will YOU DO TODAY?
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