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Global warming didn’t pause, but the Gulf Stream might. SC reduced CO2 emissions in 2016. No seismic testing! Humpbacked whales at Debidue. Cheetahs and fox squirrels. Hotel threatens Mt. Pleasant. Bridges threaten bicyclists.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Folks, For no good reason, I’ll begin this week’s news roundup at the planetary level and progress to the local.  (There is just as much logic for going the other direction.) In the past I’ve hesitated to include articles on the debate over climate science.  The conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global warming (and ocean acidification, and rising sea levels and other related phenomena) is so rigorous, so pervasive, so multi-disciplinary and…

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Gifts of the magi. South Carolina reindeer. Friendly beasts. Unfriendly roads. City council capers. Calming the Crosstown (redux).

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Folks, Christmas Day was beautiful in Charleston, but unseasonably warm.  The Battery was packed with all types of vehicles – skateboards and bikes (some of which almost certainly arrived by sleigh Christmas Eve), exotic three wheeled motorcycles, conventional cars, and most of all, self-propelled humans.  (More on that topic shortly…) In the Christmas spirit, this article from the Post and Courier reports that the increased value of frankincense, one of the three gifts of the magi,…

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526 rises from the dead — sort of, while the Ashley River bike lane languishes. Bears and quality of life. Hope from Exxon on climate change.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Folks, This must sound like a familiar refrain. The Post and Courier reports that the S.C. State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) has once more postponed the final internment of the I-526 extension to rural John’s Island. The project, estimated to cost $750 million, (the most expensive transportation project in the state’s history), faces a funding shortfall of more than $300 million. Earlier this year the STIB gave the county an ultimatum – either come up with…

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Giving Trump a chance. Dismantling EPA. Toxic alligators. Toxic cruise ships. Selling public lands. Apartment advantages. The world’s oldest mother.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Folks, For the past two weeks I’ve included news about President-elect Donald Trump’s environmental agenda.  I’ve tried to be objective, limiting my commentary to the facts as best I know them.  In spite of that, I’ve been criticized (including by some people for whom I have a great deal of respect) for prejudging the situation – for not giving President Trump a chance to show us what he really believes about the importance of conservation….

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Vote No on Nov. 8

Monday, October 31, 2016

When you step into the voting booth on November 8th you will be asked if you support a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road projects, mass transit, and the greenbelt program. We are asking you to vote no. The referendum, if passed, will put the local sales tax at 9% – the highest in the state, raising $2.1 billion over twenty-five years. With that much money at stake, the integrity of the elected officials…

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Hilton Head, are you there?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Dana Beach Over the years the Conservation League has worked with cities and counties to plan collaboratively with an eye toward environmental protection.  One of the first counties to take up the comprehensive planning mantel was Beaufort, in the mid-1990s.  But the road has not always been smooth. A major challenge came from what we called “rogue” towns that, at the behest of developers, annexed property with the explicit goal of undermining stronger county zoning…

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GrowFood Carolina Celebrates Five Years!

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What a fabulous evening! As we reflect on the last five years, we are inspired by how far we have come and grateful for all of the support. As we look to the future, we are excited to build a stronger and broader group of advocates and donors, and sustain our mission long-term through continued growth. Maintaining our momentum is critical as we approach the next five years, and all of…

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Small Talk, Big Ideas: Vince Graham

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On a recent episode of Small Talk, Big Ideas on OHM Radio, our Land Use Director and Staff Attorney Natalie Olson talked with State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Chairman Vince Graham about how the Lowcountry can grow smarter, where we build our roads, and how Charleston can grow smarter.

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Fewer bags. More wolves, and flytraps. “We have run out of ammunition, so we must think (and operate traffic lights with plungers).”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Folks, Last week I described the news as a mixed bag. This week I’ll describe it as a (literal) bag. In this excellent overview by the Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington, you will learn that single use plastic bag bans in South Carolina are attracting national attention. http://www.postandcourier.com/20160730/160739959/charleston-folly-beach-consider-curbing-plastic-bag-use-could-bring-national-fight-to-sc This comes both from conservationists and coastal communities concerned about the rising tide of plastic in the ocean and the terrestrial environment, and from the plastic bag industry, who…

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Victory for bicycle commuters. I-526 chaos. The root of the problem. The Lowcountry from above. Buckets of fish.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Folks, This week’s news is a mixed bag — success and chaos, root causes and aerial insights, and a bucket list of fish. The Post and Courier reports that the Charleston City Council did the right thing with the Ashley River bridge, by the slimmest of margins.  The Council voted 7-6 in favor of devoting one out of seven lanes on Highway 17 across the Ashley to bicycles and pedestrians. Remarkably, in spite of the years spent analyzing…

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