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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Urban Growth & Development

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Between its historical significance, appealing natural environment, and booming economy, Charleston is one of the most popular places to move and travel to in the world.  In order to keep the “feel” of Charleston it is necessary to preserve the city’s cultural and natural assets. The natural assets include green spaces within the city as well as rural and wetland spaces outside of the city limits. These spaces are important to the lifestyle of…

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Energy, Offshore Drilling, & Renewable Resources

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico along with regular accidents like the recent pipeline spill that closed down numerous beaches in California have motivated 17 municipalities and counties in South Carolina to pass resolutions opposing oil and gas exploration and development off the South Carolina coast. Mayor Riley has also been a vocal opponent of offshore drilling. We asked the candidates: Do you support offshore drilling? 

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2015 Charleston Mayoral Race: Climate Adaptation

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Flooding from rising sea levels has plagued Charleston for years, and is getting increasingly worse. Cities from Fort Collins to New York to Austin and–most recently–to Portland, have been commended for their forward-thinking climate adaptation, or resiliency, plans. Charleston’s location makes it very vulnerable to sea level rise and severe storms, and we need a long term plan to adapt to these threats. We asked the candidates: What is your vision for…

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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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Andrea Cooper Steps Down as Conservation League Board Chair

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced today that Board Chair Andrea Cooper will step down as chair of the Conservation League board. Cooper, of Sullivan’s Island, will relocate to Greenville, where she will serve as executive director of Upstate Forever, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation in the South Carolina Upstate region. She will start work in early October. “My years spent working with the talented staff and dedicated board…

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