Environment

Environment
6:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Duke Study: Burning Trees Not Carbon Neutral

In recent years, wood burning has gained popularity as a carbon neutral alternative to fossil fuels. But new research from Duke University suggests it's not as green as it seems.

Asma Khalid: We all know trees absorb carbon dioxide. So, the thought is that when you burn wood, you're transferring already-existing carbon from trees into the air. And that carbon is ingested by new trees. True. But, that takes a really long time. Plus, burning wood releases less energy, so you need to burn more of it.
Steve Mitchell is the lead scientist on the study.

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Environment
6:05 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Global North Carolina "Heat-Map"

UNC’s Center for International Understanding has partnered with SAS to develop a new tool to better understand the state’s “global” footprint.

Leoneda Inge:  The Global North Carolina Heat Map is believed to be the first of its kind.  Adam Hartzell is executive director of The Center for International Understanding.   He says the idea is to find out how global we really are.  

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Environment
8:55 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Large-Scale Menhaden Fishing Banned

A ban goes into effect today on an industrial-scale method of fishing for menhaden off the North Carolina coast. The ban was approved earlier this month by the state Marine Fisheries Commission. Patricia Smith is with the state Division of Marine Fisheries.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue May 15, 2012

NC Aims To Reduce Mercury In Water

NC Division of Water Quality
NC Division of Water Quality

North Carolina environmental officials are formulating a strategy to reduce mercury levels in the state's waterways. The divisions of air and water quality are holding public meetings this week and next to share their findings and solicit ideas. Susan Massengale with the Division of Water Quality says they've just completed a study finding that 98% of the mercury in the state's water is coming from the air.

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Environment
8:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Irene Aftermath Still Disrupting Ferry Service

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin dredging the Hatteras Inlet channel on Saturday, and not a moment too soon for ferry passengers. Service on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route has been suspended several times since the weekend. Lucy Wallace is with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

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Environment
9:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina

The U.S. Secretary of agriculture came to North Carolina to push a plan that may further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.

Gurnal Scott: USDA secretary Tom Vilsack stood outside the Biofuel Center of North Carolina in Oxford to encourage a new standard in domestically-produced fuel. Vilsack says an E-15 ethanol blend, 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, will not only further wean the country from foreign oil but also create jobs. Vilsack says this should be attractive to farm families.

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Environment
6:05 am
Mon April 16, 2012

NC Tornadoes: One Year Later

One year ago today, tornadoes tore across North Carolina leaving death and damage in their wake. While many areas are continuing to recover, some have made the long journey back, better than ever. 

Gurnal Scott: April 16th 2011, much of North Carolina got an up close and personal look at Mother Nature’s fury.

Weather Service: The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a Tornado Warning for Northern Nash County, Northeastern Franklin County.

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Environment
6:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Nighttime Coyote Hunting Proposed

Hunting coyotes at night could soon be legal in some parts of the state. A proposed rule change by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission would allow the use of artificial lights to blind coyotes after dark. The move is prompted by concerns for livestock and pet safety as the animals' population increases. But David Rabon from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Recovery Program says the change could threaten the fragile Red Wolf population.

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Environment
7:10 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Chapel Hill Public Meeting on "Fracking"

Hannah Shaw outside East Chapel Hill High School
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources got an earful last night in Chapel Hill as the debate over natural gas exploration heats up.  Scientists and everyday citizens packed East Chapel Hill High School to have their say on DENR’s draft report on hydraulic fracturing, sometimes known as “fracking.”  That’s the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.  An overwhelming number of voices at the hearing were against fracking and the negative impact they worry it could have on the environment here.

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Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Fracking Hearing Draws Hundreds

Opponents and supporters of hydraulic fracturing made their cases at a public hearing in Sanford last night.

Ray Covington of the group North Carolina Oil and Gas said about 600 people turned out to comment on "fracking," the controversial process used to extract natural gas deposits from shale rock. He praised a recent report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, finding that fracking can be done safely in the state with proper regulation.

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