Conservation

Environment
7:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them

Scientists are racing to catalog as many new species as possible before they go extinct. The data can be useful in preserving key habitat.
Credit Juan Rendon / Saving Species

Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new research led by Duke University.

Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.

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Business & Economy
9:08 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Raleigh Is Phasing Out Its Toilet Rebate Program

Credit Salim Virji / Flickr Creative Commons

Raleigh residents have until January first to take advantage of the city's toilet upgrade reimbursement.

Raleigh has been giving out $100 rebates for efficient toilets since 2009. It was part of an effort to encourage water conservation following the severe drought in 2007 and 2008.

Ed Buchan is Raleigh's environmental coordinator. He says the city is ending the rebate program, because rate-payers have embraced the efficiency effort.

"So we have this business case analysis, we looked at the program, and we budgeted $500,000 a year for the rebates," Buchan says.

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County

Some of the farmers at Transplanting Traditions.
Credit Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

Frank Stasio talks about the Karen refugee farm and market.

On 4 acres just outside Chapel Hill, nearly 150 Karen refugees till the soil as they did back home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is educating locals about Burmese vegetables and cuisine, and teaching the refugees about American produce, with the eventual goal of setting them up as full-time farmers.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail

Chunky Pipe Creek
Credit Triangle Greenways Council

Just days after the City of Durham kicked off its trail season, the Triangle Greenways Council (TGC) has finalized a deal allowing for the creation a new greenway in Durham County. The group purchased a parcel of land along Chunky Pipe Creek, about two miles upstream from Falls Lake, Raleigh’s drinking water source (see a map here). The land has already been designated  for a future greenway project in the Durham Open Space Plan.

TGC  bought the land on April 10 from private owners, who will benefit from the NC Conservation Tax Credit and other federal tax deductions that incentivize conservation efforts. The purchase is the fourth parcel that TGC has bought along the creek.  The City of Raleigh provided funding via the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a consortium of seven conservation groups that aims to protect land important to  the health of drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Hofmann Forest

J.V. Hofmann and class measuring pine in reed bed at Hofmann Forest, about 1937. .
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

News and Observer reporter Renee Elder weighs the pros and cons of NCSU selling Hoffman Forest

  The Hofmann Forest is referred to as the "crown jewel" of forestry research in North Carolina, and it’s one of the main educational sites for forestry students.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad

Bahama Pintail Duck
Credit Snowman radio via Flickr, Creative commons

In 2009, Sylvan Heights Bird Park received a call from the US Embassy in Trinidad, asking them to help restore two species of nearly-extinct native ducks, the White-Faced Whistling Duck and the Bahama Pintail. Four years later, they are celebrating the successful introduction of individuals of both species back into Trinidad, a promising sign for the health of native populations.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Stand Up That Mountain

Jay Leutze was a non-practicing lawyer writing a novel, working for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and minding his own business in his home in western North Carolina when he got a phone call from an impassioned and outraged 14 year old named Ashley. She and her aunt and uncle, Ollie and Curly, were sure that the new scar on a nearby mountain was a violation of the state's Ridge Act.

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Environment
7:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

500,000th Longleaf Pine Seedling to be Planted

A partnership that works to protect and restore the longleaf pine in North Carolina will plant its 500,000th seedling today. Debbie Crane of the Nature Conservancy says the tree is an iconic state symbol, but it's been in decline for decades.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Meet Stuart Pimm

Stuart Pimm
Credit http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/people/faculty/pimm/

Duke University professor Stuart Pimm’s work is more important than ever. That’s because species are going extinct faster than ever. Pimm, the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, studies endangered species in hopes of curbing accelerated extinction rates. His work as a conservation biologist began in Hawaii in the 1970s – before the field of conservation biology even existed.

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Environment
10:25 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Chatham Releases First County Conservation Plan

Chatham county officials take a step toward protecting the area's natural resources today. The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County is the first of its kind in North Carolina. An event being held in Pittsboro this afternoon will unveil details of the voluntary program. Leigh Ann Hammerbacher works for the Triangle Land Conservancy which contributed to the plan.

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