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Trouble in the Air

More than one in six Americans, 58.4 million people, suffered through more than 100 days of elevated air pollution in 2020. Our report calls attention to the very real public health problems air pollution causes in both cities and rural areas across the country, such as asthma, heart issues, and premature death. It explains how global warming will make air pollution worse, and why tackling climate pollution has an impact on air quality. 

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Trash in America

The United States produces too much waste. Natural resources are continually extracted to produce goods that are used in the U.S. – often only briefly – before they are thrown into landfills, incinerators or the natural environment. This system of consumption and disposal results in the waste of precious resources and in pollution that threatens our health, environment and the global climate. Because the costs of this system fall on society at large – not on the producers and consumers who drive it – there are few direct incentives for change.

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Report examines America’s waste problem over past 3 years

Every year, the average American throws out nearly 1,800 pounds of trash. Together, Americans throw out enough plastic each year to fill up the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium --- the largest NFL football stadium --- 565 times over. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a spiraling epidemic of waste, particularly when it comes to plastic. 

 

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A Perfect Storm

WITH RECORD-BREAKING WILDFIRES in the west and hurricanes in the east, the United States is experiencing natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. Hurricanes are considered the most powerful weather events on earth, and these storms are becoming stronger as climate change heats the atmosphere and ocean, because these storms are dependent on warm air to form. Now, this report looks at the unprecedented threat of worsening hurricanes to the containment of toxic waste at Superfund sites, with a particular focus on the threats posed by the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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A Perfect Storm: When tropical storms meet toxic waste

The Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center and the North Carolina PIRG Education Fund released a report Thursday highlighting the serious threat posed by toxic “Superfund” waste sites in the paths of hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.   

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With Country on Road to Recovery, New National Coalition Says We Need to #ACTNow to Build Better Future With More Jobs, Justice and Climate Solutions for North Carolina and Nation

On the heels of President Joe Biden’s national economic address in Pittsburgh, a powerful coalition of climate, environmental and public health advocates, 10 million strong, launched the #ACTNow campaign in North Carolina and 11 other states across the nation.

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Statement: President Biden makes important strides to address the climate crisis

President Joseph Biden released a far-reaching plan Wednesday that outlines the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus -- reaching net zero emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius -- the new administration laid out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors across society, from agriculture to manufacturing. 

Delivering on our promises in the Paris Agreement on climate

By | Krista Early
Advocate, Environment North Carolina

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change this week, our country is promising to cooperate once again on solving this existential challenge for our nation and for the world. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris Agreement as one of his first actions in office. While we cannot make up the time we’ve lost, it’s important to take a broader look at the past four years, because, despite the failure by our executive branch, there has been progress thanks to states across the nation. 

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Asheville & Durham Elected Officials and Advocates Speak Out Against Rollback of U.S. Clean Car Standards During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, State Senator Mike Woodard (D-22) and State Representative Brian Turner (D-116) joined Dr. Robert A. Parr, DO, a Medical Advocate for Healthy Air for Clean Air Carolina, and Drew Ball, State Director for Environment North Carolina, to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rollback of U.S. clean car standards in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual press conference was hosted by Environment North Carolina.

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Statement: Senate committee releases ambitious new climate report

The Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a long-awaited report Tuesday, making the case for comprehensive climate solutions that would meet the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This scientific target, set in 2018 by the International Panel on Climate Change, would keep the Earth from warming more than 1.5 degrees, avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. 

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