Fact Finder: Global Warming

March 10, 2010 

North Carolina is feeling the effects of climate change, from saltwater turning freshwater swamps into salt marshes to milder winters. Global warming may change what you can plant in your garden at home and what will happen to our forests. The resources here can help you understand global warming, its origins and its potential impact.

Air Quality

Air Quality Index Color Code Guide
What does it mean when the N.C. Division of Air Quality says it's a "Code Orange" day? Find out here.

Division of Air Quality: Ozone Forecasts
The Division of Air Quality monitors the air and issues daily alerts. As air quality decreases, it can become poor enough to affect people's health, especially those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. This Web site shows the current alert status for the seven regions of N.C. being monitored.

Calculate Your Impact
Use this calculator to measure your personal impact on the environment. See if you are "carbon neutral."

Learn More

Climate Crisis
Companion web site for the Al Gore book and film, An Inconvenient Truth. Includes tips to help you reduce your personal impact on global warming.

Green Facts
Green Facts provides non-scientists with summaries of the current scientific consensus on environmental topics. Updates are added regularly.

Scientific Facts on Climate Change
Green Facts publication of particular interest to those wanting to learn more about global warming.

Point of View Borders: Environment
Companion web site to a 2004 PBS P.O.V. program. Web site is divided into three areas: air, water, and earth.

North Carolina Resources

North Carolina GreenPower
N.C. GreenPower is a non-profit organization whose goal is to "supplement the state’s existing power supply with more green energy – electricity generated from renewable resources like the sun, wind and organic matter."

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
DENR is responsible for the care and monitoring of North Carolina's natural resources, including air, water, the coast, fish, wildlife, forests, parks, etc.

North Carolina Green Building Technology Database
A database of projects in the state that have implemented specific greenbuilding techniques, strategies, or technologies.

Slow Food Triangle
The slow food movement, as opposed to fast food, is an effort to support food that is grown locally. Eating locally grown food reduces the need to transport food long distances and burn fuel.

Citizen's Handbook of North Carolina's Environmental Information Sources
The Citizen's Handbook is a guide to governmental and non-governmental resources in 11 topic areas, including agriculture, energy, transportation and consumer behavior.

Worldwide Resources

2007 Little Green Data Book (PDF)
This annual publication has country-by-country statistics on topics such as a country's threatened species, energy use, emissions, and others. From the Development Economics Data Group and the Environment Department of the World Bank.

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Provides tools and resources to businesses, with the goal that these businesses will help their community produce and locally exchange as many products as possible to support the needs of the community.

Atlas of Population and Environment
A global look at worldwide population trends and their effects on the environment.

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