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4:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast

BEFORE: Dune filtration system installation.
NC State University

Researchers from NC State have developed a new stormwater filtration system designed to trap pollutants and bacteria that can often cause beach closures. The new system consists of a series of chambers that divert stormwater runoff into sand dunes, which act like giant filters. The filtering materials are buried beneath the dunes so that there are no visible materials on the surface.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort

Rangers display seized ivory tusks in the Nouaba`le – Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.
Credit Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society

The North Carolina Zoo has partnered with five other leading conservation organizations from around the world to launch a new software tool aimed at curbing poaching in nature preserves.

The software is called Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART 1.0), and it is intended to assist park rangers and wildlife managers by helping them measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their anti-poaching efforts. Poaching is a major threat to several endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles.  Traditional methods of combating poaching are not making a dent in the illegal practice, and there is a growing gap between the sophistication of poachers and the skill level of the law enforcement patrols trying to stop them.  SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.

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Environment
10:33 am
Tue March 19, 2013

155 Sea Turtles Rescued From Cold Water Off NC Coast

Several live cold-stunned green turtles from Cape Lookout Bight
Credit NC Sea Turtle Project

155 sea turtles were rescued off North Carolina’s coasts and beaches this year and treated for “cold shock,” caused by low water temperatures.  That’s more than usual, and about half the animals are still recovering. Wildlife officials reported a record number of sea turtle nests last summer. They say it's not likely high numbers will be seen again this season because the same turtles don't typically come back to nest every year.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Hofmann Forest

J.V. Hofmann and class measuring pine in reed bed at Hofmann Forest, about 1937. .
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

News and Observer reporter Renee Elder weighs the pros and cons of NCSU selling Hoffman Forest

  The Hofmann Forest is referred to as the "crown jewel" of forestry research in North Carolina, and it’s one of the main educational sites for forestry students.

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Environment
7:42 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Wildlife Officials Outline Areas Of Concern For Wind Farm Projects

A new map detailing high-risk habitat areas for land-based wind energy projects has been posted online by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new map detailing high-risk habitat areas for land-based wind energy projects has been posted online by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Weather
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off With Signs Of Wintry Mix

The National Weather Service in Raleigh says much of central and western North Carolina are under a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

Snow in the forecast Wednesday is a reminder that bad weather can hit North Carolina at any time.  This is severe weather awareness week across the state and officials are urging the public to be prepared.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday morning.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Drought Conditions Continue To Improve

There's less yellow and tan on this map due to recent rainy weather.
Credit NC Drought Management Advisory Council

The drought conditions in North Carolina have improved significantly since the beginning of the year.

In the latest report from the US Drought Monitor just eight North Carolina counties are listed as being in moderate drought. At the end of December there were 65 - out of 100 counties in the state - that were classified as in moderate drought. The report released Thursday also lists 19 counties as abnormally dry.

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Environment
8:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion

A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders. 

Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.

"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips. 

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Environment
6:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

The 'Chevy Volt' is one of the more popular 'Plug-in' electric vehicles in North Carolina.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A new readiness plan aims to help the state of North Carolina prepare for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the road in the next decade.  The state’s first Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) readiness plan was created through the 'NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S).' 

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Weather
7:44 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Slushy Morning Will Give Way to Rainy Afternoon

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for the Triangle and Triad areas.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory remained in effect for central North Carolina through 10 a.m. Friday.  Forecasters say freezing rain will shift to rain through late morning in the Triangle and Triad.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says temperatures will hover around the freezing mark.

"We're going to have to watch out for local slick spots, mainly on bridges and overpasses first, and as we get to the late morning, temperatures will then rise back above freezing," Petro says.

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