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Environment
5:29 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Cold Prompts Sea Turtle Rescues

Volunteers and wildlife rehabilitators have rescued about twenty endangered sea turtles from cold waters and beaches so far this month. Lou Browning is a wildlife rehabilitator on Hatteras Island who's been helping transport turtles stunned by cold waters to veterinarians.

"When the temperature drops quickly, we get a cold that comes through the sound and the water temperature drops dramatically, when it drops below about 56 degrees Fahrenheit, sea turtles have a difficult time and they become lethargic."

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Environment
4:28 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

NC Building Codes Get Greener

ASU Tech Chair Jeff Tiller
Credit ASU

The state’s Building Codes Council agreed today to require higher energy efficiency in new buildings.  Starting in 2012, commercial buildings must be 30% more energy efficient than they’re required to be today.  New homes must be 15% more efficient. That means more insulation, better windows, and other changes.

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Environment
9:05 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Water Needs In Roanoke River Basin

State officials are encouraging people in the Roanoke River Basin to attend public hearings on water usage. The state is holding a series of meetings focusing on the quantity of water needed to support population growth over the next few decades. Steve Reid works for the State Division of Water Resources. He says the river and its tributaries are used for everything from drinking water to recreational boating:

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Audubon Preserves Lea Island

Walker Golder
Credit Audubon North Carolina

One of the last undeveloped barrier islands in North Carolina is one step closer to permanent protection. Audubon North Carolina has purchased a 35-acre tract of land on Lea Island in Pender County. The money was made available through a private donation.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Chimney Rock Park Plans Posted

Chimney Rock
Credit ncparks.gov

The public gets its first look today at the draft master plans for the new Chimney Rock State Park.  The landmark near Asheville has been one of western North Carolina’s top attractions for decades.  In 2007, its private owners sold it to the state to become part of a large new state park at Hickory Nut Gorge. 

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Environment
4:55 am
Mon November 29, 2010

North Carolina Prepares For Winter Weather

Credit NOAA

 

Today marks the start of the official “Winter Weather Preparedness Week.” State emergency officials will be educating the public on ways to be prepared in the event of nasty weather. Jeff Orrock is with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says this year’s forecast of an intensified La Nina system means there’s a good chance we’ll see a warmer, drier winter than last year’s:

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Environment
9:20 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

USDA Offers Help For Longleaf Pine

Longleaf stand
Credit USFWS/Jack Culpepper

The federal government is making $800,000 available to North Carolinians trying to conserve the official state tree.  Landowners who plant or manage stands of longleaf pine can apply now for cost-sharing help from the U-S Department of Agriculture.   Longleaf forest used to cover some nine million acres of the southeastern US. But development and logging have cut it back to less than a million acres today. 

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Environment
4:00 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy Special

Eric Hodge hosts a one-hour digest of the Energy Series stories that aired April 12-23, 2010 .

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Wind Power

App State Profesor Dennis Scanlin
Credit Dennis Scanlin

There is only one utility-grade wind turbine in all of North Carolina. Jessica Jones reports.

North Carolina could get most of the energy it needs as a state from renewable sources including solar and wind. That's according to a report published earlier this year by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. But when it comes to producing wind energy that goes back into the grid, North Carolina is behind other states. In fact, there is only one utility-grade wind turbine in all of North Carolina. Jessica Jones reports for our series, North Carolina Voices:  Tomorrow's Energy.

Environment
9:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Solar Power

Solar panel
Credit NCSU/CSE

Jessica Jones reports for our series North Carolina Voices, Tomorrow's Energy.

Over the last three years, North Carolina has seen exponential growth in the use of solar power- from a few panels on homeowners' roofs to heat hot water to large installations that produce energy and send it right back into the grid. Small business owners working in the industry believe what they're doing is good for the state and for the environment. But right now, their prospects are limited. Jessica Jones reports for our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy.

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