The rapid growth of the wood pellet industry in North Carolina has raised questions about how the surge to meet the demand of European power companies will affect the state’s 18 million acres of woodlands.
Wood pellets made from N.C. coastal forests will soon be powering utility plants in Europe because of policies there that encourage replacing coal with wood. In this the first of four parts on wood pellets and the N.C. coast, we ask if wood is really better than coal.
After Hurricane Sandy, there’s been no way to get to Buxton, Avon and the rest of southern Hatteras Island except by four-wheel drive or taking a long ferry ride. But now you can call a ‘taxi.’
More than a month after Hurricane Sandy passed the N.C. coast, state highway officials are still trying to keep traffic moving along Hatteras Island’s main roadway.
The ocean flooded neighborhoods, covered N.C. 12 and felled a pier along the Outer Banks as Hurricane Sandy went by. Hatteras Island is once again cut off from the rest of the world.
Another hurricane season draws to an end and we here on the coast can begin to breath easier, but it’s worth remember what it’s like to live in the storm’s track.
After Hurricane Irene passed a year ago, the Outer Banks were transformed. Houses were smashed to pieces, roads were buried under mountains of sand, inlets appeared where there were none. But the Bankers,as always, persevered.
The strong northeast winds that preceded Hurricane Irene a year ago pushed water away from the Outer Banks. Old hands knew that was a bad sign. Find out why in this reporter’s retrospective.
State transportation officials most likely will replace the temporary bridge over the breach on Pea Island left by Irene with a permanent one at the same location, but it will still be months before the long-term fix is chosen for the highway breach in Rodanthe.
The N.C. House approved a watered-down but still controversial bill on sea-level rise in one of last acts of the legislative session.
As adjournment nears, legislators are still seeking a compromise on the controversial sea-level rise bill that passed the N.C. Senate but was rejected by the House.
Contrary to what we heard coming out of the legislature the last few weeks, those in the insurance industry say the state’s policy on sea-level rise will have no affect on property or flood insurance rates.
A packed room showed up on Pivers Island near Beaufort yesterday to listen to a discussion of the state’s now-famous draft policy on sea-level rise. That’s what worldwide media attention will do.
Unfazed by a barrage of worldwide criticism and outright ridicule, the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved a bill that restricts the use of scientific modeling to predict future sea-level rise.
The N.C. General Assembly may consider a bill that would prevent the state from planning for the higher seas that many scientists expect later this century as the climate warms.
The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission decided yesterday to turn its much debated draft policy on sea-level rise into a friendlier document designed to draw less ire.