Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Last year’s warm weather was, literally, unprecedented. But the temperature increase we experienced on land was the tip of the (melting) iceberg compared to the changes occurring offshore. This article from the Washington Post reveals that 90 to 95% of the heat from our warming planet is going into the oceans. While this makes terrestrial life more bearable, the impacts on ocean life are both troubling, based on what we know, and…
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Let’s start by agreeing that it was awfully warm last year. In fact, the Washington Post reports that 2015 was the second warmest on record in the US (since record keeping began in 1880) and that it will almost certainly rank as the warmest year worldwide. The Post includes some excellent graphs revealing, among other things, that 29 states, including South Carolina, experienced the hottest December ever. (As a result, this…
Sunday, January 3, 2016
As we plunge into 2016 with resolutions about exercising more, eating less (and locally, GrowFood Carolina hopes), and spending wisely, it’s worth considering David Byrne’s percipient lyric, “Same as it ever was.” In that vein, the Legislature will convene next Tuesday. The biggest financial issue they will debate in 2016 is whether to raise the gas tax, just as they did last year, and the year before that.
Cindi Scoppe, with The State,…
Monday, December 28, 2015
During this tranquil period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s worth reflecting on those things we have learned this year, along with those we are still confused about.
On the side of understanding, the Huffington Post reports that we now know why reindeer have blue eyes, (because the compression of tissues in the back of the eye increases low-light sensitivity), but also why…
Monday, December 21, 2015
This week’s news is generally about wrapping things up, which seems appropriate with only a few days left in 2015.
First, some great news, concluding a decade of hard work. Our friends at The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance and a few other national conservation groups have spent years struggling to make the tax deduction for donated conservation easements permanent. On December 18th Congress approved the change.
The majority of the South Carolina coast’s 1.2…
Monday, December 14, 2015
This week definitely ended with a bang. On Friday we heard that SCDOT Commission Chair Jim Rozier had directed the Department to cut down a grand live oak tree along River Road on Johns Island… on Monday. CCL’s Natalie Olson called Jim to discuss alternatives, but to no avail. As this Post and Courier editorial entitled “Save River Road Grand Tree” reports, Rozier “variously” justified the project by safety, the poor health…
Monday, November 16, 2015
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach… Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports that an administrative law judge has lifted the “stay” on construction of the latest version of a sea wall on Captain Sams spit.
As a recap, the Conservation League, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, prevailed before the S.C. Supreme Court in our opposition to a gigantic, 3/4 mile…
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sunday’s Post and Courier includes a delightful interview about a beautifully obscure but profoundly important subject: plankton. McClellanville author Billy Baldwin talks to molecular biologist and McClellanville native, Raphael Rosengarten (son of Ted and Dale Rosengarten), about Raphael’s new book, Plankton: Wonders of a Drifting World.
Plankton is nothing less than the foundation of life on earth. It is also essentially invisible to humans and therefore completely unappreciated. Rosengarten’s book, which he coedited…
Monday, October 26, 2015
This article, by Cassie Cope with The State, provides the best explanation to date about why South Carolina’s roads have declined year after year, and what needs to be done to reverse that trajectory.
The traffic on Pamplico Highway was so light on a Tuesday in August that two conservation activists could lie down in the middle of the two-lane highway during rush hour for about a minute before…
Monday, September 21, 2015
As Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports, the South Carolina Aquarium released four sea turtles last week after their successful recoveries in the Aquarium’s turtle hospital. One, by the name of Midway, had a prodigious amount of plastic in her stomach and would have died without intervention.
I’m not sure how Midway, the turtle, got her name, but it is worth noting that the stomachs of 98% of the Laysan and…