Environment

The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Scientist Discovers Alternative Use For Hog Waste

State of the art lagoon waste management system for a 900 head hog farm in Georgia.
Credit Jeff Vanuga / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Larry Cahoon, professor of biological oceanography and limnology at the University or North Carolina at Wilmington, talks about a new use for hog waste

The struggle over hog waste lagoons in North Carolina is decades long. Historically, the lagoons have caused several fish kills and contaminated the public water supply. 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina's Coast

Credit Western Carolina University

Scientist Robert Young says that even the most conservative estimates show rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina. 

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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Shelters Available For Homeless During Cold

United Community Ministries in Rocky Mount.
Credit United Community Ministries

Tonight's cold front will mean a push to capacity for many area homeless shelters.

At Urban Ministries of Durham, a process known as "White Flag" allows for some usual shelter rules to be pushed aside in the event of inclement weather. Typically, the shelter has a limit on the number of days any one person can stay there, and restrictions on what days they can check in.

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Red Wolf Controversy
5:45 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Are People Confusing Protected Red Wolves With Coyotes?

This is a red wolf.
Credit Museum of Life and Science

Members of conservation groups and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission met today to discuss a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court over the impact of expanded hunting privileges on coyotes, and the potential impact on the state’s red wolf population.  

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Environment
5:50 am
Tue November 5, 2013

EPA Hosts Disaster Clean-Up Experts

Michael Shannon, an U.S. Coast Guard marine science technician, takes a water sample at a Sewaren, N.J., oil refinery, which leaked after Hurricane Sandy struck the region 2012. Scientists who help design mass disaster response tools are meeting at RTP this week.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

Some of the country’s top scientists in mass-disaster clean-up are meeting in Research Triangle Park this week to talk about decontaminating materials laced with biological, chemical and radiological agents. 

The gathering, scheduled for today and tomorrow at the EPA’s facilities in RTP, is expected to include about 200 scientists who design response tools and the professionals from agencies such as FEMA that use them, said Gregory Sayles, who heads the EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center.

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Environment
6:27 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

For Downtown Raleigh Churches, Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon May Mean Undue Penance

The starting line of the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half-Marathon
Credit Competitor Group

On a Sunday morning in early June, thousands of endurance athletes ran through downtown Raleigh in the city’s Ironman Triathlon. This Sunday, thousands are expected for the City of Oaks Marathon. And on a Sunday next April, many more could show for the first Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. 

Hundreds of downtown churchgoers, whose churches are surrounded by street closings for event routes, have wound up in gridlock.  For the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, which features live bands and cheerleaders, even more worshippers than usual will be looking for a way in because the event is scheduled for April 13th -- Palm Sunday.  

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue October 29, 2013

How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?

Manu National Park is the size of Massachusetts. It's considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
Justin Catanoso

Justin Catanoso reports on how climate change is affecting tropical forests in Peru.

Melting ice caps at the poles are not the only concern when thinking about global warming. Increasingly, scientists are realizing that the impact of rising temperatures on tropical forests is just as dramatic.

On a rain forest mountain top where I had just seen woolly monkeys swinging through the trees, I asked Wake Forest biologist Miles Silman if we were simply putting too much greenhouse gas in the air to slow or halt the inevitable march of climate change.

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Environment
10:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

N.C. Conservationists To Begin Coastal Cleanup Project in 2014

North Carolina's Marine Patrol will get help next year in removing trash from coastal waterways.
Credit NC DENR

Conservation groups will begin an effort next year to clear debris from North Carolina waterways.  Fishermen have told coastal organizations that many spots where they drop lines are littered with old crab pots and debris hidden deep in the water. 

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is leading a two-year project to clean up state waters from StumpyPoint to the Virginia line.  Ladd Bayliss is one of the federation's coastal advocates.

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Weather
7:49 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Dissipates, NC Dodges Most Effects

Tropical Storm Karen as it moved over Florida Saturday.
Credit NASA

The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen are floating over the east coast and dropping light rain in western North Carolina. 

The storm dissipated as it moved over the gulf coast this weekend.  Meteorologist Brandon Vincent says a cold front will push rain from Karen toward central and eastern North Carolina Monday.

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Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Duke Study Finds Contamination At PA Fracking Site

A rig and gas well operation at the Marcellus Shale in PA
Credit wcn 247 / Flickr

Groundwater and sediment from a natural gas fracking treatment site in Pennsylvania is contaminated with chemicals and radioactivity.

That's the finding of a new study at Duke University. Researchers examined the quality of shale gas wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the stream water above and below a disposal site about an hour east of Pittsburgh. 

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