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Environment
7:47 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Firefighters Share Wildfire Know-How

Firefighters from around the world meet Monday in Raleigh to discuss how to improve the way they battle wildfires.  The International Association of Wildland Fire hosts a conference this week that focuses on better communication and learning the behavior of wildfires as a few ways to contain them.  Organization spokeswoman Paula Nelson says those techniques can vary in North Carolina, where the landscape can shift rapidly from dense forest to peat bog.

"Each of those takes specific skills, so the local people are the ones you really turn to," Nelson says.

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Environment
6:35 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kitty Hawk Wants Wind Farms Further From Coast

Credit Board of Ocean Energy Management

The Kitty Hawk town council has adopted a resolution to keep any proposed offshore wind energy turbines out of sight.  Council members forwarded the resolution to federal regulators as a plea to protect the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. 

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Environment
4:58 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NC Zoo Expecting Third Baby Gorilla

Acacia is expecting a baby in early summer
Credit Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo

    

On Valentine’s Day, the North Carolina Zoo announced that one of its three female gorillas is expecting a baby. If the pregnancy is successful, this will be the third baby gorilla born at the State Zoo in less than a year.  The two other female gorillas both gave birth last August.

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Environment
9:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Struggles To Pay For Sea Turtle Rescues

Loggerhead sea turtle
Credit Wendell Reed, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, or "NEST", is running out of money. The group relies on donations to rescue sea turtles along  the North Carolina coast, and they are struggling to deal with a large number of turtles that became hypothermic when a cold snap cooled shallow water quickly.

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Environment
12:12 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Caution Around The Wires: New Greensboro Tree Ordinance Seeks To Please Residents And Utility

The first of three City Council subcommittee meetings takes place Monday morning as lawmakers begin drafting a new tree ordinance for the city. Strong turnout is expected from residents, many of who were outraged last month after Duke Energy cut down dozens of trees in residential neighborhoods.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad

Bahama Pintail Duck
Credit Snowman radio via Flickr, Creative commons

In 2009, Sylvan Heights Bird Park received a call from the US Embassy in Trinidad, asking them to help restore two species of nearly-extinct native ducks, the White-Faced Whistling Duck and the Bahama Pintail. Four years later, they are celebrating the successful introduction of individuals of both species back into Trinidad, a promising sign for the health of native populations.

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Weather
4:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wintery Mix Serves Up Slick Roads

Interstate 40
Credit NC DOT

Triangle areas are experiencing sleet, freezing rain and -- in some parts snow -- as part of a winter weather system quickly passing through.  While the falling precipitation is expected to end this evening, the slick conditions it will leave behind may cause issues for drivers into tomorrow morning.  NC DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo says maintenance employees are planning for long shifts today.

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Weather
8:03 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Slushy Day Ahead

Counties in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte are under winter weather advisories (purple).
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central and western North Carolina.  Meteorologist Phil Badgett says snow and sleet could cause slippery road conditions Friday afternoon.

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Environment
11:43 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Want Snow? Want Cats? Head To The NC Zoo

A cougar at the North Carolina Zoo explores its habitat after keepers used a snow-making machine to fill the exhibit Tuesday.
Credit Jeff Owen

Keepers  at the North Carolina Zoo used a snow-making machine to fill a cougar's habitat with snow on Tuesday. With temperatures not expected to get out of the 30's, zoo visitors can expect to see the exhibit snow for several days.

Environment
5:27 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

As Temperatures Drop Shelters Prepare For Those In Need

  • Greensboro shelters will be close to capacity this week as more people try to secure a warm place to sleep during some of the coldest winter nights.

On Tuesday night in Greensboro the temperature is expected to drop into the teens and shelters are expecting to be at or near capacity. Four years ago there was a significant rise in the number of people seeking shelter during the winter months. Greensboro didn’t have enough beds and on many cold nights dozens of people had to sleep on floors. The city responded by opening a half dozen winter emergency shelters for frigid nights like tonight. Reverend Mike Aiken says those facilities opened December 1st and will be packed this week.

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