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10:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

EPA's New Carbon Emission Changes; What They Mean For North Carolina

Credit Laura Candler

The EPA proposed sweeping changes to the country's carbon emission regulations. The coal is to cut carbon pollution by 30% by 2030 - relying more heavily on renewable energy sources to generate electricity.

Jonas Monast is the Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute. He says that North Carolina is well positioned for the changes that will be required.

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Environment
10:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Wants Carbon Emissions Reduced; NC Reaction

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Credit Zen Sutherland

Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials introduced a proposed rule Monday that would reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by one-third in the next 16 years. The potential reduction in carbon emissions could vary significantly between states. The initial draft would mandate North Carolina cut carbon emissions 40-percent by 2030. That figure is based on last year's amount of pollution.

North Carolina gets more than half its power from coal. The vast majority of that is produced by Duke Energy - the nation's largest electricity provider. 

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Environment
3:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Two Young Gorillas Must Leave NC Zoo, Here's Why

The gorilla family unit at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
Credit wunc

This fall the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will ship its five gorillas away.  The decision was made after a recommendation from the members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. 

Here’s the problem—wild gorillas exist in groups that include one male, two or three females and their offspring.  Two baby male gorillas were born at the North Carolina Zoo this fall, Apollo and Bomassa, and all was well.

But then the father, Nkosi, died in November, which left no adult male role model for the two young gorillas.   

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger at a Camp Lejeune Rally
Flickr/Pam Rutter

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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Environment
8:28 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC State: Lack Of Plant Diversity Fuels Cankerworm Damage

Cankerworms like this one can chew through shrubs and leaves on trees that beautify urbam landscapes.
Credit Steve Frank

North Carolina State University researchers are looking into stopping an invasive species of caterpillar that can damage and kill urban trees and shrubs.   

Cankerworms are born from the eggs of wingless moths.  The moths climb the trunks of trees to nest in the winter.

N.C. State professor and entomologist Steve Frank says these young larvae do most of the damage to trees and bushes that dot the city landscape.

"And then in early Spring just as the leaves are opening on the trees, the cankerworm eggs hatch and the caterpillars start eating the leaves," says Frank. 

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Environment
7:52 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Cape Hatteras Recognized As Top 10 Beach, 2014

Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier, August 4, 2013
Credit Alistair Nicol / Flickr/Creative Commons

Cape Hatteras has been ranked as the sixth best beach in the nation by a leading beach expert, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") of Florida International University.

Here's the list:

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Journey Down NC's Wild Cape Fear River

Early morning anglers heading downstream from Avent's Ferry on the Cape Fear River, near Corinth, North Carolina.
Credit Donald Lee Pardue / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are 17 major rivers in North Carolina, but Philip Gerard puts the Cape Fear River at number one.

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Triad News Update

The Dan River flows through Danville, VA 22 miles down stream from the site of a coal ash spill in Eden. Officials say treated water there remains safe to drink.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

    

Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to the North Carolina Senate last week to cut back on the threat of coal ash pollution in North Carolina. 

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Environment
8:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Coastal Commission Shrinks Scope Of Sea Level Rise Study

Credit Don McCullough, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The group that implements rules along the North Carolina coast has decided to shrink the scope of a study on sea level rise.

The Coastal Resources Commission had been considering a  study of the effects of sea level rise over the next 100 years. At their meeting Thursday they decided to limit that study to just 30 years, along with  updates every five years.

The commission thought the study would have more weight if it were more limited.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Hurricane Hazel: Do You Have Stories? Images?

Hurricane Hazel uprooted over 100 trees at Duke University, tore the roof off the press box at the stadium, and damaged stone work on the Chapel.
Credit Duke University Archives / Flickr/Creative Commons

Sixty years ago, Connie Ledgett and her first husband, Jerry Helms, were honeymooning on Oak Island near Wilmington. They had no idea that 140 mile-per-hour winds and an 18-foot storm surge were headed in their direction. That storm was Hurricane Hazel and it would be the strongest category 4 hurricane ever seen in the state. It devastated a 35-mile stretch of the coast.

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