en Silent Spring Turns 50 <p>Fifty years ago, the book "Silent Spring" launched the environmental movement and changed the way we think about man-made chemicals. Its impact has been long lasting and the writing of author <a href="">Rachel Carson</a> still influences people to this day. Host Frank Stasio talks about Carson and the legacy of "Silent Spring" with <a href="">Linda Lear</a>, biographer, historian and author of "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" (Holt/1998).</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:15:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 3789 at Silent Spring Turns 50 ALCOA on the Yadkin River <p>The aluminum company ALCOA wanted to renew their license to run dams along the Yadkin River, but they are faced with resistance from Governor Bev Perdue and some county commissioners. Critics say ALCOA is harnessing power irresponsibly and, in turn, poisoning the river. ALCOA is fighting for their property and profits. Host Frank Stasio is joined by WUNC reporter and Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii with the details of this story.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:48:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 3809 at UNC Study Evaluates Flood Plans <p>Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are helping communities develop better plans for dealing with floods. The result could be lower flood insurance rates for homeowners.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt: </strong>Flood insurance is a major consideration for many in eastern North Carolina, where some entire counties lie in the floodplain. Since private insurers won’t offer policies, homeowners get flood insurance through National Flood Insurance Program, run by FEMA.<br> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 2039 at Waste Not <p>Tate Rogers never expected to enter the world of waste management, but when presented with the challenge of finding a way to safely extract human waste from latrines in third-world countries, this environmental engineering student found himself struck with a brilliant idea. The idea was so simple, Rogers figured it had already been invented. It hadn't. He received a grant from the <a href="" target="_blank">Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</a> to develop his waste removal technology. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:31:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 4326 at Efforts To Protect Watershed Get Complicated <p>Wake County Commissioners' efforts to reduce the amount of pollution in Falls Lake and Jordan Lake got a little complicated this week.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> Both lakes are considered polluted because of excessive nutrients washed in by stormwater runoff. They are primary sources of Wake County’s drinking water. Commissioners approved new rules requiring developers to use more retention ponds to prevent further pollution. But this week, state lawmakers delayed action on clean water rules. Commissioner Tony Gurley was surprised by that.<br> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2155 at Controversial Sea Level Bill Advances in Legislature <p>A bill that directs the state to disregard most scientific predictions of rising sea levels for coastal planning purposes is headed for the Senate floor. The bill has been ridiculed nationally by scientific groups and the comedian Stephen Colbert. Republican Senator David Rouzer is the bill's main sponsor.<br> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:05:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2338 at Senate Lawmakers Pass Fracking Bill <p>Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state.<br> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2359 at Senate Committee Passes Fracking Bill <p>A controversial bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state passed an important legislative committee yesterday. Fracking uses horizontal drilling methods to access trapped pockets of natural gas. The bill’s sponsors say it will bring much-needed money and jobs into the state, but opponents of the measure say there aren’t enough safeguards.<br> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2360 at Legislative Committee Passes Fracking Bill <p>A bill that could allow natural gas "fracking" to proceed in two years in the state is on its way to the Senate floor. It would allow a controversial method of horizontal drilling for natural gas. The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act passed the Senate Commerce Committee earlier today, despite the presence of protesters who spilled outside the committee room where the bill was being heard. Bill Weatherspoon, who heads the North Carolina Petroleum Council, says fracking will help residents become more independent of foreign energy sources.<br> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:05:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2362 at Duke Study: Burning Trees Not Carbon Neutral <p>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.<br><br><strong>Asma Khalid: </strong>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.<br>Steve Mitchell is the lead scientist on the study.<br> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2391 at