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Krill, Baby, Krill! Beautiful swimmers. Sad news about Hamilton.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Folks, The long, dark night of offshore oil is over. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has withdrawn its proposal to allow drilling in the seabed along the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Right whales, bottlenose dolphin, grouper and marlin can celebrate, free from deafening seismic blasts. Pelicans, gannets and terns can fish safely in non-oiled waters. Krill and plankton — foundations of life in the ocean and…

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Offshore Drilling: We Won!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

You spoke up. They listened. And today we won! A little more than a year ago, the Obama Administration shocked us all by announcing plans to allow oil and gas drilling off our coast — a direct threat to South Carolina’s tourism economy and quality of life. Tens of thousands of citizens organized throughout the state to stop offshore drilling. Hundreds of coastal towns and cities passed resolutions declaring their opposition. Businesses and local leaders, Republicans…

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Manatees following monarchs. The offshore drilling IQ deficit. The worst form of government.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Folks, Last week the good news was about the resurgence of monarch butterflies on their wintering grounds in Mexico. This week, it’s the lithe monarch’s antipode, the Florida manatee, as the Washington Post reports. Once threatened with extinction, the population of this peaceful, herbivorous resident of Florida’s freshwater springs, (and, increasingly, South Carolina’s coastal waters), has grown from several hundred in the 1970s to roughly 6,000 today. The manatee’s rebound is the direct…

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East Edisto: A landmark victory

Friday, February 26, 2016

Yesterday was a monumental day for land conservation in South Carolina. After planning and negotiating for nearly a decade, a major corporation, conservationists, business leaders, government officials, and members of the community came to an agreement that will conserve a swath of land nearly twice the size of Mount Pleasant — forever. The so-called East Edisto property, owned by WestRock (formerly known as MeadWestvaco), is 72,000 acres and 19 miles long — running from Hollywood…

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S.C. Food Policy Council Annual Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2016

Today at the Farmers Market in West Columbia, the South Carolina Food Policy Council met to discuss pressing regulatory and policy issues facing food producers in South Carolina. Our vision is that farmers at every scale will have access to the coast’s burgeoning urban markets, satisfying the growing demand for local vegetables and meat, strengthening struggling rural communities, and stabilizing rural land use, and sponsoring today’s conference is part of getting there.

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SC greens disappointed in Supreme Court carbon ruling

Friday, February 19, 2016

From The State: Green groups in South Carolina expressed disappointment Tuesday night in a Supreme Court decision to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” Those include S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, who has…

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Why conservative South Carolina could actually be a sign of the future of U.S. energy

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Washington Post: Coastal South Carolina has long been recognized by locals and tourists alike for its warm waters, dazzling natural landscapes and prime seafood cuisine. But lately, communities up and down the shoreline have been making a name for themselves in another way: They’re leading the historically conservative state in a shift toward support for alternative energy and away from fossil fuel energy development. In the past year, the waters off the coast of…

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Land, water and air. Smart plants, dumb developers. Kiawah fallout. Boondoggle costs.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Folks, We live in three physical media (air, water and land), and each was in the news (media) this week. The first article (on land), from CNN, provides a wonderful retrospective on “America’s Best Idea,” the National Park System, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year. It is fascinating to learn, for example, that Yellowstone was established as a national park not because anyone was particularly wild about the idea of federal parks,…

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Plastic from China. Corn subsidies for Iowa. Coastal wind. A new park. A road build on sand. A road surprise.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Folks, The Post and Courier’s Bo Petersen follows up on last week’s news about plastic microfibers in Charleston Harbor with an article this week on the worldwide plague of plastic pollution.  According to researchers in the U.K. and with the World Economic Forum, in 30 years there will be more tons of plastics in the ocean than there are tons of fish.   It may seem obvious to…

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Trouble for the ocean, too few right whales, too many cruise ships, congestion solutions and water in a leaking bucket.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Folks, 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…

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