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Environment
9:30 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Duke Conference Examines Fracking

The boom of shale gas extraction in the US and elsewhere has prompted Duke University to organize a two day conference on the topic. Organizers say the controversial process of gas extraction called fracking will be one of the main focuses of the gathering. Rob Jackson is a professor of environmental sciences at Duke and one of the event's organizers. He says his department is ready to monitor water supplies if fracking is allowed to take place in this state.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

State Releases Environmental Report

There have been significant improvements in air and water quality in the state over the last two decades, according to a new state report.

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Environment
3:45 am
Fri January 6, 2012

More Commuters Carpooling

More North Carolinians are carpooling to work. Jeff Tiberii has more.

Jeff Tiberii: Last year 27-hundred people signed up to be part of the states Share the Ride NC program. The Department of Transportation says there are now more than 31-thousand people who car pool to and from work.

Jennifer Garifo: A big advantage is just a relief on stress; especially people that are in urban areas, sitting by yourself in the car, stop and go traffic.

Environment
5:18 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Harp Seals Dying as Ice Shrinks

A harp seal pup on unstable ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Canada
Credit Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare

Warmer temperatures in the North Atlantic over the last several decades have resulted in significantly higher mortality rates of baby harp seals. A new study out of Duke looked at satellite data of ice conditions in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a major breeding region and compared them to yearly reports of dead seal pups that washed up on shore. Lead researcher David Johnston is a scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab:


David Johnston:  These animals have evolved to take advantage of the advan tages of ephemeral surfaces like ice.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Winter Weather Felt by Many

Frigid temperatures are affecting many across the state today.

Jeff Tiberii: Eric Murphy is a hot dog vendor in downtown Greensboro. He works in front of City Hall for five and a half hours each week day, serving dogs, chili, chips and drinks. During today’s lunch hour it was 31 degrees.

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Environment
1:10 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Climate Change Forcing Tropical Bird Migration

Deep-blue Flowerpiercer

A new study out of Duke University finds global warming is forcing tropical birds in Peru to migrate to higher elevations. But it also finds they're migrating at a slower rate than the world is warming.

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Environment
4:50 am
Mon December 26, 2011

UNC Recycles Methane from Landfill

Orange County and UNC Chapel Hill are working together to make productive use of a landfill gas. Methane originates from the decomposition of organic materials such as food. The collaboration will collect methane from the county's landfill and use it to produce electricity using a generator at UNC. Ray DuBose is the director of UNC Energy Services. He says projects like these are not without precedent.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast

Injured pelican
Credit Toni O'Neil

Dead and injured pelicans are washing up on North Carolina shores. Around 20 dead birds were found on North Topsail Beach earlier this month. Many had severely broken wings.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Smithfield Ending Controversial Hog Crates

Smithfield Foods says it will stop using so-called ''gestation crates'' by 2017.
Credit humanesociety.org

Animal rights advocates are welcoming news that Smithfield Foods is on track to phase out the use of small metal crates for pregnant hogs. The company said in a statement it will end the practice by 2017. The non-profit Humane Society filed a federal complaint against Smithfield a month ago.

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Environment
7:16 am
Mon December 5, 2011

TVA Settlement Funds Discussed

A series of public hearings starts today to determine how the state should use funds from an $11.2 million settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The agreement came earlier this year after the state claimed coal-fired TVA plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee sent polluted air into North Carolina. State Energy Office spokesman Seth Effron says the settlement calls for the money to go toward clean energy projects.

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