Environment http://wunc.org en NC House, After Heated Debate, Tentatively Approves Coal Ash Bill http://wunc.org/post/nc-house-after-heated-debate-tentatively-approves-coal-ash-bill <p></p><p>At the General Assembly, lawmakers are getting close to finalizing a bill outlining the future of Duke Energy’s 33 coal ash ponds. Lawmakers have been looking into the situation since February, when 39,000 tons of ash leaked from one pond and coated the Dan River with gray sludge.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:04:58 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38342 at http://wunc.org NC House, After Heated Debate, Tentatively Approves Coal Ash Bill A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets http://wunc.org/post/fictional-trilogy-explores-natures-secrets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author <a href="http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/">Jeff </a></span><a href="http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/">VanderMeer</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dreamed he was walking down a tunnel where words were appearing on the wall.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:07:27 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 38230 at http://wunc.org A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets Air Quality Shapes Public Health http://wunc.org/post/air-quality-shapes-public-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3" style="line-height: normal;">S</font><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">tronger emission controls in North Carolina are closely associated with declining death rates from respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, according to a Duke University study released this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37832 at http://wunc.org Air Quality Shapes Public Health Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health http://wunc.org/post/study-air-quality-restrictions-linked-improved-respiratory-health <p>Duke University researchers have found a connection between state and federal air pollution restrictions and improved public health in North Carolina.</p><p>Duke Surgery Professor H. Kim Lyerly and his team evaluated disparate data from air quality monitoring stations and health statistics between 1993 and 2010. Lyerly said air quality improved, and so did respiratory health.</p><p>Accounting for seasonal changes and an overall drop in smoking, Lyerley said annual emphysema-related deaths dropped from 12-per-100,000 people, to five. Asthma and pneumonia-related deaths decreased, too.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37564 at http://wunc.org Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness http://wunc.org/post/three-decades-north-carolina-wilderness <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan signed the North Carolina Wilderness Act which protected nearly 100,000 acres of wilderness in the state. </span><a href="http://comm.unc.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty/j-robert-cox/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Robert Cox</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, former president of the Sierra club, was instrumental in the law’s passage.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">He toured the state showing the following slideshow on the importance of wilderness. It was digitized by the North Carolina Sierra Club as part of the project,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ourwildnc.org/">Our Wild North Carolina</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AXFmKfBAVmk" width="560"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Of course, the North Carolina Wilderness Act was controversial at the time, just as many environmental issues are today. Human industry has historically locked horns with the rest of nature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Today, Cox is a professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies the rhetoric of environmentalism and social change.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:54:25 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37561 at http://wunc.org Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness A Mystery Tree Grows In Chapel Hill http://wunc.org/post/mystery-tree-grows-chapel-hill <p>For most people, taking care of the front yard means cutting the grass every few weeks.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for Bill </span>Massengale<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, lawn care involves looking after the lofty California coastal redwood growing in the front yard of his law office on Columbia Street.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“When we bought the place we were told that the only thing we had to do was to make sure nothing happens to the redwood,” </span>Massengale<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says. “It’s one of my chief duties in life."</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Parth Shah 37013 at http://wunc.org A Mystery Tree Grows In Chapel Hill Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live' http://wunc.org/post/bear-spotted-raleigh-looking-place-live <p></p><p>Early Monday, officials were tracking a bear in the Five Points area of Raleigh. <a href="http://www.wral.com/bear-spotted-in-raleigh-s-five-points-area/13713002/">WRAL reported</a> that information about the bear began to come in after midnight.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:50:30 +0000 Carol Jackson, Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 36941 at http://wunc.org Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live' Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption http://wunc.org/post/dreams-disaster-and-redemption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">"</span><a href="http://www.lightmessages.com/lm/index.php/carlnordgren" style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The 53rd Parallel</a><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">" (Light Messages Publishing/2013) is the first novel in a series about the historic, yet little known, contamination of the English River. It was the largest mercury poisoning event in North American history, bringing devastation to the many </span>Ojibway<span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> people native to the area.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:09:47 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36765 at http://wunc.org Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption 'SolarBees' Poised To Hit Jordan Lake Next Month http://wunc.org/post/solarbees-poised-hit-jordan-lake-next-month <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers is wrapping up the environmental impact review of a $1.4 million plan to put solar powered water mixers (also known as SolarBees) on Jordan Lake to break up algae.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the General Assembly decided to delay implementation of rules that would restrict development around the lake to reduce contaminated runoff. Instead, they had the Department of Environment and Natural Resources spend $400,000 on 36 SolarBees to churn the water and prevent chlorophyll a, which is linked to algae blooms, from building up.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36744 at http://wunc.org 'SolarBees' Poised To Hit Jordan Lake Next Month Here's What A Rip Current Looks Like From The Beach http://wunc.org/post/heres-what-rip-current-looks-beach <p></p><p>It’s National Rip Current Awareness Week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Rip currents killed at least seven people along the North Carolina coast last year, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p></p><p>Spencer Rogers is a specialist on shore erosion for <a href="http://www.ncseagrant.org/">North Carolina Sea Grant</a>.&nbsp; He says rip currents are a natural phenomenon that happen when narrow currents of water flow away from the coast.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:39:29 +0000 Eric Hodge 36553 at http://wunc.org Here's What A Rip Current Looks Like From The Beach