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Local counties have only an average threat from ozone levels

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The World Meteorological Organization is describing the climate as having "unexpected extremes."

With warmer weather and plenty of storms, the United Nations agency says the past decade is the warmest since weather measurements began in 1850.

A report from the agency cited warm temps leading to rising sea levels.

With the number of devastating hurricanes increasing, both sides of the global warming debate can agree the higher sea level adds to the trend.

A big part of climate change is the deterioration of the ozone levels.

North Carolina Division of Air Quality gives daily reports for ozone level threats.  High ozone levels are listed at 76 parts per billion or greater which is potentially dangerous for people.

Local counties are at average levels for the state according to data collected by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality listed in a release from the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina.

Pitt County is averaging a 44 parts per billion (ppb) ozone rating. Lenoir County is listed at 39 ppb. Beaufort County is at the highest with 56 ppb.

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