There are more than 5,000 sites in the state — 720 along the coast — that are contaminated from leaking, underground petroleum tanks. Thanks to budget cuts, there’s not nearly enough money to clean them up.
Small Polluters Could Get a Pass
The N.C. Environmental Management Commission Thursday will likely pass new rules that will exempt small air polluters from state permits. Eighty-six of those plants are on the coast.
Changes in Atlantic Sooner Than Expected
An area of cold, fresh water in the otherwise warming, salty north Atlantic, could hasten sea-level rise on the East Coast and affect climate patterns worldwide
On the Road to Extinction?
State lawmakers again slashed the budget for the state’s Natural Heritage Program, a non-regulatory program that inventories rare animals and habitats, but nobody will say why.
El Niño and Hurricanes
One of the strongest El Ninos on record has formed in the Pacific Ocean and will affect the hurricanes that threaten our coast. We tell you why.