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From drought to flood, planning for sea level rise, but not with I-526, GrowFood rising.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Folks, It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago most of the state was suffering from a drought, and that farmers were worried about produce withering in the fields. Now, after three days of historically unprecedented rain, (biblical, even), the fields are lakes and much of the fall crop will probably be lost. This article by Tim Smith with the Greenville News reports on the extent of the damage, which Hugh Weathers, S.C.’s Secretary…

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Turtles and plastic, oil, motivated avoidance (again), and mayoral videos.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Folks, 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…

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Swamp canaries, swamped roads, better entrances, baby fish and baby gorillas

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Folks, Last week’s turbulent weather, with more than six inches of rainfall in one day, followed by days of violent lightening storms, makes the story of Long Shot seem even more miraculous. Long Shot, as Bo Petersen reports in the Post and Courier, is not a space capsule, or even Charleston’s acclaimed long distance swimmer, Kathleen Wilson, (who is swimming 24 miles from Trinidad to Tobago, as I write this post). Long Shot is…

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Orchids, bicycles and Treemageddon on the Coffin Corridor.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Folks, This is a great time to explore the longleaf pine forests of the Lowcountry. Orange-fringed orchids, hooded pitcher plants, Marshallia grandifolia and other fall wildflowers are blooming. Mosquitos are taking a break. Birds are beginning to migrate. The temperature is delightful. Things couldn’t be more perfect. The best place to admire these native forests — among the most biologically diverse and the most threatened in North America — is the Francis Marion National Forest.

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Don’t Let Santee Cooper Block Solar!

Monday, August 24, 2015

As other South Carolina utilities are improving customer access to our abundant solar resource, Santee Cooper has proposed adoption of punitive rates for customers that want to produce some of their own power. If adopted, the proposal would represent one of the most aggressive anti-solar policies in the country and run counter to the pro-solar policies offered by SCE&G, Duke Energy, and most of the SC electric cooperatives. Take a moment to submit…

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Bridging the Ashley

Monday, August 24, 2015

“Ill-advised and absolutely stupid.” That is one of the comments from someone posting about the conversion of one lane on the Ashley River Bridge for the use of pedestrians and people on bikes. My first reaction upon reading it was to wince, and then I instinctively touched the heart-shaped scar on my knuckle. I’ve been commuting over the sidewalk of the westbound Ashley River Bridge for practically a decade now. I’ve…

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Pushing and pulling

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Folks, There’s been a lot of pushing this week and, fortunately, also some pushing back. In this article from the Post and Courier, Diane Knich reports that the Charleston Chamber of Commerce is now pushing another highway extension — this one the Glenn McConnell “Parkway” (which bears little resemblance to, say, the Blue Ridge Parkway). The Chamber feels this highway should plow through the Ashley River Historic Plantation District, skirt Summerville on the northwest…

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Much ado about fish, red road herrings, curbing ocean acidity

Monday, August 10, 2015

Folks, Last week the media paid much deserved attention to the welfare of sea life. In this excellent piece in the Post and Courier, retired DNR biologist Charles Barans urges action to protect snappers and groupers in the face of persistent population declines. The solution, which has been frustratingly difficult to implement over opposition from the fishing industry, is one America pioneered more than a century ago — sanctuaries for resting and feeding. On land,…

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Acres protected, solar energy tapped, documents dumped and bicycles deployed.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Folks,   This week’s news is about large numbers.  The first is 12,000 — the number of acres recently protected in Hampton County by The Nature Conservancy.  This is great news for the environment, but the details of the easement also illustrate the importance of conservation for economic goals.     First, as David…

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Errors of omission

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Folks, This 9 minute PBS news video, “A Tale of Two Cities,” compares efforts by New York and Charleston to prepare for climate change, with a focus on sea level rise. In sharp contrast to aggressive planning and implementation of “resiliency” measures that could allow New York to cope with higher seas, Charleston has yet to acknowledge or confront the challenge. As the report notes, Charleston is by no means alone. Many coastal cities…

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