Carolina Climate Stories

“We now know that warming oceans evaporate more water into the atmosphere, fueling stronger storms like Florence. Early estimates are that, due to climate change, Florence was almost 50 miles larger in diameter and dropped about 50 percent more rain in the most intense parts of the storm.” ~ Miles O’Brien

How Average Americans Are Fighting Climate Change – With Clean Air Carolina’s June Blotnick

Miles O’Brien Productions Podcast 9/27/2018

Carolina Stories

In the summer of 2018, Clean Air Carolina and Miles O’Brien Productions filmed stories about the impact of climate change on North Carolinians and highlighted the work of individuals addressing it. We hope the short film series inspires more people to engage in provocative conversations that result in needed policy changes at all levels of government.

About Our Storytellers

Miles O’Brien – Narrator

Miles O’Brien is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly 17 of his 32 years in the news business, Miles worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace space correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. He now runs an independent production company, Miles O’Brien Productions.

Stopping the Pipeline

Donna Chavis and Rev. Mac Legerton are two leaders in Robeson County organizing local opposition to the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In addition to the misguided and immoral decision to spend over $6 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, the pipeline will disturb ancestral land of the Lumbee Tribe, the largest Native American community east of the Mississippi River. This is one of two fracked gas pipelines planned for North Carolina. WATCH THE FILM >>

Transitioning to Solar Power

In Charlotte, we met with DeAndrea Salvador, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI), a nonprofit working to sustainably decrease the energy costs of low income families. Watch DeAndrea’s Ted Talk. We filmed a residential solar installation in Genesis Park, one of RETI’s partner neighborhoods. We also spoke with Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Chair Dimple Ajmera about the recent passage of a resolution to reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels and create a Sustainable Energy Action Plan. WATCH THE FILM >>

Adapting to Sea Level Rise

Dr. Bob Parr serves on our Medical Advocates for Healthy Air advisory board and is one of our citizen science AirKeepers.  We interviewed Dr. Parr about the impact of sea level rise around Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and discussed the growing wood pellet industry in North Carolina. We also interviewed Dr. Stan Riggs, coastal and marine geologist from East Carolina University, who served for many years on the NC Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel and is an expert on sea level rise in North Carolina. WATCH THE FILM >>

Creating an Air Monitor Network

Calvin Cupini, Clean Air Carolina’s Citizen Science Manager, is in the process of setting up a first of it’s kind network of smart sensors in every single North Carolina county. This network will enable AirKeepers to visualize and understand local air quality like never before. One AirKeeper, Steve O’Neil of EarthShine Nature Programs has used the network in Transylvania County to ad to his experiential learning programs that help youth and young adults grasp the reality of climate and environmental concerns and the impact we can make in the future. WATCH THE FILM >>

Leading the Call for Healthy Air

The environment affects all of us. Poor air quality can worsen asthma attacks and cause other health problems but people with respiratory problems are not the only ones at risk. Pollution particles – created chiefly by burning fossil fuels – cross into the blood and may activate receptors in the airway, causing nervous system problems, heart issues and diabetes. In the U.S. about one in every 26 deaths, about 100,000 a year are caused by outdoor air pollution, both fine particulate matter and ozone. Switching to renewable energy would help make a difference. Until we can do that, health professionals can be powerful allies through programs like Clean Air Carolina’s Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, a public health advocacy group. “I never knew that I would be much more effective by helping to clean the air than to temporarily take care of people and send them back to dirty air,” says Dr. Bob Parr of Wilmington. WATCH THE FILM >>